It’s a minor point that both miner and minor are heterographs. What’s truly important is knowing the difference between a noun that digs from a much busier adjective-noun-verb, even if it is considered lesser.
For sure, I never want to read about minors digging for coal. Mostly because that’s just wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Children should never be working in such a situation.
…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:|
|Noun 1 and 2
Plural for the noun: miners
|Adjective; Noun; Proper Noun; Verb, intransitive|
|A person who works in a mine 1
[Historical] A person who digs tunnels in order to destroy an enemy position with explosives
A large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, especially coal, from a mine
Short for leaf miner
An Australian bird of the honeyeater family (Manorina of the family Meliphagidae, which includes five species), having a loud call and typically nesting colonially 2
Lesser in importance, seriousness, or significance
[Music; of a scale] Having intervals of a semitone between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth, and the seventh and eighth
[Logic; of a term] Occurring as the subject of the conclusion of a categorical syllogism
[Music] A minor key, interval, or scale
[North American; the minors] The minor leagues in a particular professional sport, especially baseball
[North American] A college student’s subsidiary subject or area of concentration
[Logic] A minor term or premise
[Bridge] Short for minor suit
|The miners were freed after spending four days trapped underground.
The continuous miner broke down this morning.
Anyone can become a bitcoin miner.
Tell the miners to set the charges.
Their faces blackened, you can’t tell one miner from another at the end of a work day.
The temperate barren Andean highlands are inhabited by several species of miners.
A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in and eats the leaf tissue of plants.
The Manorina are notable for the complex social organization of its various species, including the black-eared miner, the yellow-throated miner, the noisy miner, and the bell miner.
It only needs some minor alterations.
When a major scale and a natural minor scale have the same key signature, they are relative keys.
A number with a flat represents a minor interval.
Vivaldi wrote the Concerto in A Minor.
Aristotle defined a minor premise as being a specific statement, which when combined with a major premise, reaches a conclusion.
Since all men are mortal, a major premise, and Socrates is a man, a minor premise, we may conclude that Socrates is mortal.
Guitar chord scales include A minor, D♭, and F# amongst many more.
Ringing a Plain Bob Minor uses six bells.
He’s been pitching in the minors for six years.
I have a minor in digital media.
Aristotle’s minor premise is the second half of his logic syllogism.
Opening a bridge game with a minor suit can actually open a number of issues.
Gamma Ursae Minoris have been called the guardians of the pole star.
Students majoring in engineering or any of the sciences would be wise to minor in business, especially when it comes to patents.
|Noun: mineworker||Noun: minor-leaguer, minority|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English is from the Old French minour, which is from miner meaning to mine, an excavation in the earth.||Middle English from the Latin smaller, less is related to minuere meaning lessen. The term originally denoted a Franciscan friar, suggested by the Latin name Fratres Minores meaning Lesser Brethren, chosen by St. Francis for the order.|
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:
A photograph of a minor player on a youth baseball camp sponsored by the Madisonville Miners.