I am never loath in my loathing for poorly proofread stories. And don’cha just loathe self-righteous people like me?
One trick you might want to use with loath and loathe is to remember the a in the first stands for adjective while adding the e turns it into a verb.
Yep, this Word Confusion pair 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|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternative spelling: loth
||Feel intense dislike, hatred, or disgust for|
|I was loath to leave.
Henry was loath to admit his mistakes.
Then again, Henry was nothing loath to admire himself.
Tiffany was loth to get out of bed in the mornings.
|She loathed him on sight.
Jeannie loathed her history professor.
Mary loathed Henry’s self-absorption.
I loathe people who stab others in the back.
|Adjective: loathsome, overloath, unloath, unloathed
Adverb: loathly, unloathly
Noun: loather, loathing, loathness, lothness
|History of the Word:|
|Old English lāth meaning hostile, spiteful is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch leed and the German Leid meaning sorrow.||Old English lāthian is of Germanic origin and related to loath.|
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!