Ow! Ow! Ow! Ooh, that’s gotta hurt! That poor hurdler…hurtling into that hurdle!?
Yep, that sure caught my attention. Needless to say, that athlete lost the race when he ran so violently into the barrier, the hurdle. Now, if he’d only hurdled over it instead of hurtling into it…
A hurdle is a barrier that one needs to get over, whether it’s a track event with athletes jumping over hurdles or a person needing to get over a problem — emotional, mental, red tape at the permitting office…
A hurtle on the other hand is a rapid, forceful movement forward or into something, hence the “ouch”. Think about the t in hurtle. T for travel. Movement.
And, yep, it’s another Word Confusion pair that 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; Dictionary.com: hurdle and hurtle|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Verb, intransitive & transitive|
An upright frame, typically one of a series, that athletes in a race must jump over
An obstacle or difficulty
[Chiefly British] A portable rectangular frame strengthened with willow, osier branches, wattles, or wooden bars, used as a temporary fence
Enclose or fence off with hurdles
To master a difficulty, problem, etc.
Move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly uncontrolled manner
[Archaic] To strike together or against something
[Archaic] To dash against
Pam won the women’s 100-meter hurdles at last week’s meet.
George and Jenny had many hurdles to overcome, chiefly the opposition of their parents.
When the heat for the men’s 110m hurdles begins, the athletes will hurtle down the first 45 feet of track before reaching the first hurdle, which they will hurdle.
This next race is a handicap hurdle.
The sentenced man was dragged to the executioner’s block on a hurdle.
The campaign could fall at the first hurdle if they fail to secure planning permission.
Jason hurdled the chickens.
We had to hurdle all manner of permits and restrictions.
They froze as a runaway car hurtled toward them.
The sound was deafening, as tons of snow hurtled down the mountain.
The car hurtled down the highway.
The car hurtled into a guardrail.
The birds continued to hurtle themselves against the window.
|History of the Word:|
|Old English hyrdel meaning temporary fence is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch horde and the German Hürde.||Middle English in the sense of strike against, collide with and a frequentative of hurt.|
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!