Aha, so this is the little stowaway who stowed away in this Word Confusion. Yep, it’s noun versus verbal phrase, so the captain may find a stowaway onboard, who may have stowed himself away in the cargo hold, but the cap’n will never find his sailors stowing away the cargo sloppily.
…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: stowaway|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for the noun: stowaways
|Conceal oneself on a ship, aircraft, or other passenger vehicle in order to travel secretly or without paying the fare||A person who hides aboard a ship or airplane in order to obtain free transportation or elude pursuers|
|She stowed the map away in the glove compartment.
George, can you stow these away in the attic?
He stowed away on a ship bound for South Africa.
You’d better stow away until the air clears.
|Captain, we have a stowaway on board.
You know what we do to stowaways, don’t you?
I believe you have a stowaway aboard ship.
We caught this stowaway, sir.
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English shortening of bestow.||First recorded in 1850-55 as a noun use of the phrasal verb stow away.|
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!