Another one of my pompous know-it-all word confusions, as I was proofreading a manuscript in which the author used ally to refer to an alley. Well, that just wasn’t right *she said in all huffiness*…until she looked it up.
Hmmm, one of those variant spellings…dang, I hate that, lol.
Of course, allied up with that alley was the shooter marble, another alley. Now if that don’t make you need to take a soothing walk down a calming green allée, I don’t know what will.
…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: alley and ally|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: allées
|Noun 1, 2
Plural for noun: alleys
When referring to marbles, an alternate spelling is ally.
|Noun 3; Suffix
Verb 4, intransitive & transitive
Variant spelling of alley
|A walk in a formal garden or park, bordered by trees or bushes
||A narrow passageway between or behind buildings that allows access from the street to garages, backyards, etc. 1
A narrow back street
[Rare] An aisle
A large toy marble made of marble, alabaster, or glass 2
A state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose, typically by treaty
[Biology] A plant, animal, or other organism bearing an evolutionary relationship to another, often as a member of the same family
A person who associates or cooperates with another
Forms adverbs from adjectives which end in -al
To associate or connect by some mutual relationship, as resemblance or friendship
|“The allées have been replanted with 168 native little-leaf linden trees, variety Greenspire, which will be clipped into an aerial hedge” (“This is what a $90 million water fountain looks like“, The Washington Post, NOLA.com, 29 May 2017).
The house is intended to be viewed at the far end of a huge double allée of beeches.
I’d love an allée of trees that formed a canopy over the driveway.
|I know a shortcut down the alley.
He drove his motorbike down the alley.
If you like Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, Patricia Briggs’ and Ilona Andrews’ series may be right up your alley.
We found the litter of kittens in the alley.
He was murdered in an alley and hidden behind a dumpster.
Let’s meet up at the bowling alley.
He made a sharp right turn and faced a blind alley in dismay.
Tin Pan Alley was the commercial side of popular music.
“An alley can be a marble made of alabaster, but it can also be another term for a shooter or taw, the large marble used to knock around the smaller ones” (Mental Floss)
a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose, typically by treaty.
He was forced to dismiss his closest political ally.
The United States, Britain, France, and Russia were the major allies during World War II.
The squash is an ally of the watermelon.
Ironically, if he’d done as his wife suggested, he’d still have a job.
The community remained firm and the government tactically retreated.
You must radically change the way you do business.
|Noun: alleyway||Adjective: alliable
Noun: alliance, preally, preallies
Verb: preally, preallied, preallying
|History of the Word:|
|Mid 18th century, from the French.||1 Late Middle English from the Old French alee meaning walking or passage, which is from aler meaning go, which is itself from the Latin ambulare to walk.||3 Middle English and partly via the Old French alie meaning allied.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
Allée in July by Gero Brandenburg is under the CC BY-NC-SA license, via VisualHunt; Vice-Admiral James Saumarez (1757–1836), was painted by Edwin Williams and is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons; Portrait Of Vice Admiral M.P. Lazarev, 1839, by Ivan Aivazovsky is in the public domain, via Wikiart; and, Alabaster Eggs are courtesy of Designer Unique Finds, via Pinterest.