The word confusion over dairy and diary is more one of transposition with writers flipping the a and i about. Spellcheck is not going to pick up on inappropriate context, so you need to be aware.
That said, dairy refers to anything made from milk whether it’s from cows, sheep, goats, etc. Diary — use that i (coming before the a) as a reminder that I am writing whether it’s one’s thoughts or feelings to noting daily events in one’s life.
Depending upon pronunciation, this Word Confusion pair can be 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; Dictionary.com: diary|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for non: dairies
Plural for noun: diaries
[Attrib.] Containing or made from milk
[Jewish dietary law] Of or relating to dairy, in contrast to meat and meat products
|A book in which one keeps a daily record of events, feelings, attitudes, and experiences that are usually private
A book for keeping such a record
A book or pad containing pages marked and arranged in calendar order, in which to note appointments and the like
The Joneses try to support local farmers and especially enjoy the organic dairy foods.
Smith is a dairy farmer.
Cheeses, butter, buttermilk, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, and cottage cheese are all dairy products.
Check the dairy case at the supermarket.
We have an order in with the dairy to delivery a gallon of milk, a pint of cream and half a pound of butter daily.
The dairy is closing down next month.
He avoids red meat, processed foods, and dairy in his diet.
|I resolved to keep a diary of events during the war.
I won’t forget, as I wrote it in my diary.
Martha Ballard’s diary, in which she wrote almost every day for twenty years from January 1, 1785 to May 12, 1812, is quite useful for insight into early American history (Martha Ballard’s Diary Online).
If you’re curious, WikiHow has a post on “How To Write a Diary“.
|Noun: dairying, dairymaid, dairyman||Noun: diarist|
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English deierie is from deie meaning dairymaid (in Old English dǣge meaning female servant) is of Germanic origin and related to Old Norse deigja, also to dough and to the second element of Old English hlǣfdige.||Late 16th century from the Latin diarium, from dies meaning day.|
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:
“Double-Stuf-Oreos” is Evan-Amos’ own work under the CC0 license and “Milk Glass” is Stefan Kühn’s own work under the GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 licenses; both are via Wikimedia Commons. “Diary” is courtesy of Shabd.