I had actually started a post on “Threw versus Through” when another possible confusion came up: throe when I read about a character in the throws of pain.
I couldn’t go through with it, though. The rhythm was off for a threw, throe, through; it simply didn’t fit. I was so reluctant to give up this three-fer…I was in the throes of agony…especially since I had created this really great Pinterest pin, but I felt like such a lazy weasel, hence throe getting its very own post, right along with throw.
You’re likely to be more familiar with throe as throes. I was surprised to see that it worked as a singular or plural noun. While someone being in the throes of… probably involves throwing oneself about, it doesn’t really convey that sense of pain.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Free Dictionary: throe|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural Noun: throes
Verb, intransitive & transitive
[Rare] A violent spasm or pang
A sharp attack of emotion
The agony of death
The pains of childbirth
A tool for splitting wood into shingles
An act of throwing something
A light cover for furniture
Short for roll of the dice
[Geology] The extent of vertical displacement between the two sides of a fault
[Usually in singular] The action or motion, or the extent of such motion, of a slide valve, crank, eccentric wheel, or cam
[A throw; informal] Used to indicate how much a single item, turn, or attempt costs
Cause to enter suddenly a particular state or condition
Send one’s opponent to the ground in wrestling, judo, or similar activity
Form ceramic ware on a potter’s wheel
Have a fit or tantrum
Give or hold a party
A sudden throe shuddered down his body.
One could only hope that Jack would suffer a throe of conscience.
If we’re to make those shingles, we’ll need a throe.
It was a country in the throes of revolution.
A friend was in the throes of a painful divorce.
It’s amazing how quickly the throes of childbirth are forgotten by the mothers.
He died in the throes of battle.
Jeter’s throw to first base was too late.
He’s susceptible to those shoulder throws.
You should see the cute new throws I got for the living room.
Shake those throw rugs out good.
That sure was a lousy throw of the dice.
“The direction and magnitude of heave and throw can be measured only by finding common intersection points on either side of the fault” (“Fault (geology)“).
Install a compressor in the single throw twins to vent the crankcase.
“Well-constructed square knots with flat throws have less likelihood of slipping” (Boston University School of Medicine).
He was offering to draw on-the-spot portraits at $25 a throw.
He wants to throw a brick through the window.
A uniformed guard will throw open the door and enter the room with you.
The stewards will have to throw a cordon across the fairway.
Then she should throw back her head back and laugh.
I want a chandelier that will throw a bright light over the walls.
But can you throw a punch?
She threw a withering glance at him.
Can Jamie throw his voice and make them think someone is coming in from the other side of the room?
I am not answering that door until I throw a housecoat on!
Throw the lever, Peter, and turn the machine off.
If he can throw a seven, he’ll win big!
I heard a rumor that the jockey is going to throw the race.
I don’t know why she stays with him. He throws her up against the wall whenever he’s drunk.
It’ll throw the bond market into confusion.
Throw the bums in jail.
Kevin knew he could throw her if he changed tack.
Jokester always throws Mary at the last fence.
Careful on those stones, Charity may throw a shoe.
I hope Ol’ Maggie throws a black calf again.
I want to learn how to throw pots.
Johnny will you throw a wooden bowl for me?
Gabby will throw another fit.
Hank and Edna are going to throw a party next week.
Verb: misthrow, misthrew, misthrown, misthrowing
|throw money around
throw oneself at
throw oneself on
throw oneself upon
throw someone out
throw someone over
throw something away
throw something in
throw oneself into
throw people together
throw something off
throw something open
throw something out
throw something together
throw something up
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English throwe is the singular and is perhaps related to the Old English thrēa or thrawu meaning calamity, which is influenced by thrōwian meaning suffer.||1 Old English thrāwan meaning to twist, turn and related to the Dutch draaien and German drehen, from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin terere meaning to rub, the Greek teirein meaning wear out.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!