I had to laugh at this one, when the bawled man patted his freshly waxed head. I hate to think that he had been bawling because he’d used a floor waxer to get that sheen on his bald pate…! If he did, he really balled it up.
In another heads-up, this trio of word confusions are heterographs.
…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; Dictionary.com: bald, ball, and bawl; Merriam-Webster: bald|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Past tense or past participle for ball
Noun 1, 2, 3;
Verb 1, intransitive & transitive
|Past tense or past participle for bawl
Noun; Verb, intransitive, reporting, and transitive
Having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair
[Attrib.] Not having any extra detail or explanation
[Zoology] Having white on the head
A solid or hollow sphere or ovoid, especially one that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game 1
[In baseball] A pitch delivered outside the strike zone that the batter does not attempt to hit
A round mass of food, as of chopped meat, dough, or candy
[In full the ball of the foot] The rounded protuberant part of the foot at the base of the big toe
A social function for dancing, especially one that is lavish or formal 2
[Informal] A very enjoyable time (especially in the phrase have a ball)
A testicle 3
[North American vulgar slang] To have sexual intercourse
[North American vulgar slang] Have sexual intercourse with
[Sometimes followed by up] To make into a ball
To wind into balls
A loud, unrestrained shout
A period or spell of loud crying or weeping
[Chiefly Midland and Western U.S.] The noise made by a calf
To utter or proclaim by outcry
He had a shiny bald head.
He was starting to go bald.
Hedgehogs are born bald.
It was odd to see all those bald trunks with their empty branches.
Dang, my car has two bald tires.
The bald statement in the preceding paragraph requires amplification.
That’s a bald lie!
The Kentresses just bought a bald-faced mare.
Omigod! Paul was bald as a coot!
He certainly had a bald arrogance!
I love that rug! I don’t care if it is going bald!
Guys! Jamie got a new soccer ball.
Ellen sighed, as she realized that her ball of wool was almost gone.
He crushed the card into a ball.
He sat, carefully pouring lead into a mold to make balls.
“C’mon, Nancy. Kids have been playing ball in that lot for almost a hundred years.”
Roll the dough into a ball and set it on the cookie sheet.
The umpire called it a ball.
Whelan sent a long ball to Goddard.
When tiptoeing, one’s weight is on the ball of the foot.
The life line starts between the thumb and the forefinger and encircles the ball of the thumb towards the wrist.
The Vanderbilts are giving a ball.
We had a ball at the Vanderbilts’ ball.
Oh, god. That bitch kicked me in the balls.
When the spun sugar balls, the candy has cooked sufficiently.
She balled her fist so that the nails dug into her palms.
Steve is out back, balling up the maples for that order.
“Didja hear? Freddie’s been balling Veronica.”
The children were balling up snow to make a snowman.
Come and help me ball this cotton.
He bawled out his orders.
It was a strong healthy calf, and too bad for everyone that his bawls carried so well in the night air.
Joe bawled with laughter.
Jim had to listen to Mary bawl out her disappointment.
Henry was so drunk at the last family dinner, bawling his senseless ditties to everyone at the table.
There was a peddler bawling his wares outside my window.
|Adjective: bald-faced, bald-headed, balder, baldest, baldhead, balding, baldish, half-bald, semibald
Noun: baldness, baldpate, baldy
|Noun: baller||Adjective: bawling
Noun: bawler, bawling
Verb, transitive: outbawl
|balled something up||bawled someone out|
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English and probably from a base meaning white patch, whence the archaic sense of marked or streaked with white.||1 Middle English from the Old Norse bǫllr is of Germanic origin.||Imitative from late Middle English in the sense (of an animal) howl, bark.|
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!
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