This confusion came up in a new, relatively, series I’ve started in which its protagonist was “tossing bits of cheese and beef paddies to the cats that followed”.
I knew this character had some strength, but paddies?!? WHOLE rice fields??? That is really, truly impressive…ahem…
It’s an heterograph of eats: paddy versus patty. Rice paddies and hamburger patties. Yum!
…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: patty|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1, 2
Plural for noun: paddies
Plural for noun: patties
A field where rice is grown1
[In singular; British; informal] A fit of temper 2
A person of Irish descent
Affectionate nickname for a male, from the formal name Padraig
A small flat cake of minced or finely chopped food, especially meat
The rice paddies are drying out.
John drive off in a paddy.
Have you seen Paddy yet this night?
I’ve got too many hamburger patties made up.
Don’cha just love peppermint patties?
I picked up some meat patties from the butcher’s.
Everyone in my family but me loves oyster patties.
We have three Pattys in the building.
Patty Hearst was an heiress who was kidnapped, brainwashed, and then jailed for her activities in 1974–75.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Early 17th century from Malay pādī.||Mid 17th century is an alteration of the French pâté, and by association with pasty.|
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!