I’m pretty sure that “young faun frolicking amongst the does” was not the mythological beast that’s half-man, half-goat, ahem, since most fauns prefer to frolic amongst naked females. Hmmm, maybe it is my wrong interpretation? After all, those does are “naked females”…
Nah, I’m going with my original thought that the author meant the Bambi-type fawns…
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|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: fauns , fauni
Verb, intransitive 1, 2
|[Roman mythology] One of a class of lustful rural gods, represented as a man with a goat’s horns, ears, legs, and tail
[Greek mythology] Equivalent to the god Pan, satyrs
A young deer in its first year
A light yellowish-brown color
[Of a person; often followed by on or upon] Give a servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection, typically in order to gain favor or advantage
|Mr. Tumnus is a faun who appears in C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.
“Though fauns and satires have human heads and ‘therefore presumably have the capacity for advanced reasoning, their half-animal natures suggest that their behaviour is governed by their baser physical instinct” (Brown, 57).
Oh, did you see that cute fawn in the backyard!
Check out the fawn checked suit Marian is wearing.
Does are getting prepared to feed themselves and the developing fawn through the harsh cold of winter.
They were always fawning on the President.
The fawning of a deer effects their seasonal patterns and habits.
That Fido fawns all over you.
Noun: fauna, Faunus
|Adjective: fawning, fawnlike
Noun: fawner, fawningness
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the name of the pastoral god Faunus.||1 Late Middle English from the Old French faon, based on the Latin fetus meaning offspring.|
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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“Silenus and the Satyrs” by Cima da Conegliano is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.