Revised as of:
30 May 2017
Don’t be lax in your editing *shakes finger*. It lacks a certain…professionalism with this pair of 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: lacks and lax|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Third person present verb for lack
Verb, intransitive & transitive
To be absent or missing, as something needed or desirable
To fall short in respect of
Not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful
[Of the limbs or muscles] Relaxed, loose, slack
Not rigidly exact or precise
[Of the bowels] Loose
[Phonetics; of a speech sound, especially a vowel] Pronounced with the vocal muscles relaxed
Open or not compact
Three votes are lacking to make a majority.
Since the house lacks a security system, Mabel is worried about Jack doing week-long business trips.
What he lacks in brains, he makes up for in brawn.
She lacks in patience.
Sam did not lack for friends.
It is impossible for someone who lacks empathy to understand grief.
They have lax security arrangements at the airport.
He’d been a bit lax about discipline in school lately.
After that workout, I feel quite lax.
Chronic constipation may contribute to anal fissures, hemorrhoids or lax bowels.
Lax vowels are short while tense vowels are long.
When stressed, lax vowels do not occur alone at the ends of words, but always need a following consonant.
His morals have always been lax.
I hate shaking hands with him; he’s got such a lax handshake.
Jesse has some lax ideas.
I’m worried about one of my patients, as he has such lax tissue.
It’s difficult to work with such lax texture.
Play lax later?
|Noun: lack, lacks||
Adjective: laxative, laxer, laxest, overlax
Adverb: laxly, overlaxly
Noun: laxative, laxity, laxness, overlaxness
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English corresponding to, and perhaps partly from, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lak meaning deficiency and the Middle Dutch laken meaning lack, blame.||1 Late Middle English, in the sense of loose, as is said of the bowels. It is from the Latin laxus.|
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!