Pad, pad, pad is a cat moving, padding, through the house or over your legs in bed. Pat, pat, pat is patting down your pockets, looking for your keys.
But it was “padding it dry with paper towels” that caught my eye. I can understand using paper towels to pad something — I can’t be the only one who has put a sheet of paper towel between two plates, but if the intention is to dry it, then the character is “patting it dry”.
Of course, padding could be a noun referring to that beer belly…
…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: padding and patting; Your Dictionary.com: patting|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1, 2
Plural for noun: paddings
Plural for noun: pattings
Soft material such as foam or cloth used to pad or stuff something
Something added unnecessarily or dishonestly, as verbiage to a speech or a false charge on an expense account
The act of a person or thing that pads
The act by which something is patted
To walk or run with light footsteps
To strike the floor, ground, etc., with light footsteps
That’s a lot of padding you got there.
We should put some padding in there to soften it up.
He has a concise style with no padding.
This envelope has padding in it!
She’s so cute when she’s padding her feet into her blanket.
Faking repairs and padding expenses for government work was reaping billions of dollars for the Mafia.
Even the cat looked up, more from the cessation of her patting than Dean’s expletive.
Then there was Maw with that patting she always done when she’s proud of us.
That girl is creepy, always patting about.
A nurse must have washed her all over, for she was patting her dry.
Patting the bench beside him, Paul silently invited me to sit down.
She was carefully patting down the earth in each pot she had transplanted that afternoon.
That darn cat is too quiet, always patting about on those silent feet of hers.
Every time. I swear. Every time I go through security at the airport, someone is patting me down!
|Adjective: padded, unpadded
Verb: pads, padded
Proper Noun: Pat
Verb: pats, patted
|patting someone down|
|History of the Word:|
|First recorded in 1820-30, as pad + -ing.||Mid-16th century meaning to hit or throw.
1714 saw the evolution of its meaning to tap or strike lightly and is probably imitative.
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!