Too many wretches have confused retch and wretch that a Word Confusion for this pair of wretched heterographs was a necessity.
It’s a wretched thing when one reads of a retch of a person doing horrible things. Even worse when I’m thinking of this person vomiting everywhere, when it turns out that they’re merely a miserable person. In other words, a wretch.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun
Plural for the noun: wretches
|The act or action of vomiting
A movement or sound of vomiting
A deplorably unfortunate or unhappy person
That retching is making me sick to my stomach.
With a sudden retch, he vomited all over the floor.
The sour taste in her mouth made her retch.
He retched up a thin stream of vomit.
|Can the poor wretch’s corpse tell us anything?
Those ungrateful wretches.
I can’t believe you did this, you wretch!
|Noun: retch||Adjective: wretched, wretcheder, wretchedest
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-19th century is a variant of the dialect reach, from a Germanic base meaning spittle.||Old English wrecca (also in the sense of banished person) is related to the German Recke meaning warrior, hero.|
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!