Ya know, I, um, I really do prefer to eat bass, not base. There’s something so chewy or crumbly about base, especially if it’s from some Greek column or one of those busted up bags from baseball. And, nope, a toothpick just doesn’t make it more palatable.
…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: bass|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Noun 2, 3;
Verb 2, intransitive & transitive
|Adjective 4; Noun 4, 5, 6
Plural for noun: bass, basses
[Of a person or a person’s actions or feelings] Without moral principles
Of little or no value
Not classical or refined
[Old English Law] Held by tenure less than freehold in return for a service viewed as somewhat demeaning to the tenant
[Surveying] A line of known length used in triangulation 3
[Chess] A key maneuver in the endgame in which the king moves thrice in a triangular path to leave the opposing king with the move and at a disadvantage
A conceptual structure or entity on which something draws or depends
The main place where a person works or stays
A main or important element or ingredient to which other things are added
[Chemistry] A substance capable of reacting with an acid to form a salt and water, or (more broadly) of accepting or neutralizing hydrogen ions
[Electronics] The middle part of a bipolar transistor, separating the emitter from the collector
[Linguistics] The root or stem of a word or a derivative
[Mathematics] A number used as the basis of a numeration scale
[Baseball] One of the four stations that must be reached in turn to score a run
[Obsolete; music] Bass
To have or maintain a base
Situate as the center of operations
Low in pitch
Of or relating to the lowest part in harmonic music
The common European freshwater perch 5
Another term for bast, a fibrous material from the phloem of a plant, used as fiber in matting, cord, etc. 6
The electorate’s baser instincts of greed and selfishness led to poor choices at the polls.
We hope his motives are nothing so base as money.
One must take into consideration his base origins.
The basest coins in the purse were made in the seventh century A.D..
It was hastily composed of base materials.
I will not tolerate such base language!
I sculpted a tree trunk table base from concrete,
A shoot is produced at the base of the stem.
The base of the triangle is three-inches long.
“The shape of the triangles is important as there is a lot of inaccuracy in a long skinny triangle, but one with base angles of about 45 degrees is ideal” (Triangulation).
The base of the shield is red with a bar sinister.
With the factory gone, the town’s economic base collapsed.
They used the existing data as the base for the study.
Our client base skews toward pre-teens.
She makes the studio her base.
The corporal headed back to base.
They used it as a base for shipping operations.
Soaps with a vegetable oil base are considered to be of higher quality than fats-based.
When using a base, apply your base makeup to your forehead, cheeks, nose, and the tip of your chin.
I prefer a water-based paint when I work.
Most common acid-base reactions take place in water solutions.
The only other difference in the nucleotides of DNA and RNA is that one of the four organic bases differs between the two polymers (NCBI).
This variation in base width often is called the “Early effect” after its discoverer James M. Early.
The base of a word is a morpheme that gives a word its meaning (“Linguistics: Morphemes & Allomorphs“).
The decimal system is the most common base used in mathematics today.
He stole third base.
She and her boyfriend got to second base last night.
I believe they had based on Greenland at one time.
They were inaccurate conclusions based on incomplete facts.
It’s an exclusive research program based at the University of Arizona.
They were a Chicago-based band.
Two great singers with bass voices were Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Bowser from Sha-Na-Na.
Charlie Mingus was an incredible bass player.
He has the most beautiful bass voice.
The four main voices are typically labelled as: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.
Jane played double bass in her high school orchestra.
I prefer a lot of bass in a speaker.
John and I caught some bass this morning.
You have got to try the sea bass!
We’ll need more bass to mend the mats.
|Adjective: baseborn, baseless, baser, basest, unbased, well-based
Adverb: baselessly, basely
Noun: baseboard, baselessness, baseline, baseload, baseman, basement, baseness, baseplate
Noun: bassist, basslet, bassline, bassness, basso
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English from the Old French bas, which is from the medieval Latin bassus meaning short (found in classical Latin as a nickname).
Meanings by late Middle English included low, short and of inferior quality (from arose a sense of low on the social scale, menial, so by the mid-16th century, it came to mean reprehensibly cowardly, selfish, or mean.
|4 Late Middle English as an alteration of base2 and influenced by basso.|
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!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Batter at the Plate” (Grafton High School, Grafton, Wisconsin, baseball team) is Runner1928’s own work under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license and “Museu de la Música” is Enfo’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, both via Wikimedia Commons.