It does seem reasonable to confuse a fairy crossing with a ferry crossing except the fairy version has less water, in fact, it doesn’t have any water…just those mushrooms to make it a fairy ring that will ferry you to Fairy in 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: fairy and ferry|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: fairies
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Belonging to, resembling, or associated with fairies
Of the nature of a fairy
Resembling a fairy or fairies, especially in being enchanted or delicate
[Informal; extremely offensive] Contemptuous slang for feminine-like male homosexual
A medium yellow-green color
A boat or ship for conveying passengers and goods, especially over a relatively short distance and as a regular service
Such a service
A legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat
Ye canna use fairy gold.
She must be using fairy magic.
Yes, Cinderella, I am your fairy godmother.
Stories that include fairies are within the fantasy genre.
Gads, he’s such a fairy.
Did you ever see such a fairy?
Ach, that one. She’s away with the fairies, she is.
It was a lovely fairy green she used in the bedroom.
We’ll have to hustle to catch the last ferry.
Using the ferry is such a quick way to cross the Channel and keep one’s car.
Commuters between Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx have the option of using the ferry to get into Manhattan.
Charon is the ferryman in Greek mythology who ferries the dead over the river to their fate.
Helicopters ferried 4,000 men into the desert.
In Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, dragons were used to ferry army troops into battle.
Noun: fae, fairyland, fay
Noun: ferryboat, ferryman, ferrymen
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English and denoting fairyland or fairies collectively and from the Old French faerie, which is from fae meaning a fairy, from the Latin fata (meaning the Fates), which is the plural of fatum.||Middle English from the Old Norse ferja meaning ferryboat is of Germanic origin and related to fare.|
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!