Hurds jumps me right into Charles Dickens’ workhouses or Richard Sharpe’s childhood memories, so it was quite confusing to read about hurds of cattle following the Chisholm Trail. I gotta say, I don’t think the cattle have either the finger dexterity to clean hemp nor to type on a keyboard. Come to that, I don’t think herds would either…
Annd, this Word Confusion pair is an heterograph.
…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: hurds|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Plural for herd
Plural Noun 2
Plural for noun: hurds
A large group of animals, especially hoofed mammals, that live, feed, or migrate together or are kept together as livestock
To unite or go in a herd
Keep or look after livestock
[Computer] Operating system, which is the GNU project’s replacement for the Unix kernel 1
There are so few herds of elephants these days.
To survive, farmers need large farms with big dairy herds.
I dodged herds of joggers and cyclists.
He’s not of the common herd.
She hasn’t a mind of her own but always follows the herd.
Hunter and Tripp herded sheep.
A Hurd is a collection of servers that run on the Mach microkernel to implement file systems, network protocols, file access control, and other features that are implemented by the Unix kernel or similar kernels such as Linux.
Grab that basket of hurds for the production line.
Hurds are used in animal bedding, building, fibreboard, stucco and plaster, and insulation.
|Noun: goatherd, herdboy, herder, herdsman, swineherd|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English heord is of Germanic origin and related to the German Herde.||1 Richard Stallman began developing a complete free operating system in 1983 which evolved into the Hurd in 1990.|
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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The word, logo, and symbol are all about the GNU.org operating system.