This arose from a debate with my sisters at Easter over something being crumby or crummy, and I figured we needed a Word Confusion.
It’s not like crumby is an oft-used word. ‘Prit near never is more like it. However, a crummy table would be more likely to be missing a leg, wobble, have words carved into it…you get the picture.
Now a crumby table is only temporarily, um, crummy, until its top is cleared of all those crumbs.
As for poor, neglected crumbly, it just popped up while I was looking up definitions, and I reckon it could make that table crummy, especially if woodworm had gotten to it and was making the wood go all crumbly.
…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: crumby and crummy and crumbly|
|Part of Grammar:|
Variant spelling of crummy.
Plural for noun: crumblies
Variant of crumby.
|Like or covered in crumbs
Soft, like the inside of bread
Full of crumbs
Consisting of or easily breaking into small fragments
Apt to crumble
Dirty, unpleasant, or of poor quality 1
Infested with body lice 2
Of inferior quality
|“Clear off that crumby table, Melissa,” Hetty shouted.
Why is your shirt all crumby? Have you been eating cookies!
“I took a spoon for the crumbs from my box at noon, Grace loved cake, even the crumby kind.” – Lillian Garis, The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong
“Liquids poured upon the surface cannot, owing to the crumby nature of the humus, exert any appreciable hydraulic pressure.” – George Vivian Poore, The Dwelling House
This cheese is so crumbly and moist.
This looks like a friable crumbly soil.
It was a crummy little room.
I’m feeling crummy and want to get better.
I hate this crummy cold!
I’d be dead of the dirty monotony around this crummy neighborhood.
This crumby razor doesn’t work.
Where’d you get that crummy camera?
Someone’s gotta clean out that crummy before the train leaves the station.
|Adjective: crumblier, crumbliest, uncrumbly
|Adjective: crummier, crummiest
|History of the Word:|
|First recorded in 1725-35: crumb + -y||First known use: 1523||Pre-mid-19th century for a literal sense of crumbly and like or covered with crumbs.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“A Beggar Woman Against the Background of the Fresco Paintings at Saint Sophia’s Cathedral” in Kiev, Ukraine, Eastern Europe was photographed by Mstyslav Chernov under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons; the breadcrumbs are courtesy of Smart Cooky.