Ahh, the blissful quiet of the afternoon when I’m quite quit of all demands.
A quiet only a mother — or a writer on deadline — can appreciate.
Okay, okay, quit laughin’! Or at least be quiet with all the sniggering. It’s raising quite the uproar here at the office…
…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: quite, quit, and quite|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Adjective 1; Noun 1, 2;
Verb 1, intransitive & transitive
Making little or no noise
Carried out discreetly, secretly, or with moderation
Being at rest
Refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity
To cease from doing something
To give up or resign one’s job or position
To depart or leave
To stop trying, struggling, or the like
Make or become silent, calm, or still
To calm mentally, as a person
To allay tumult, doubt, fear, etc.
[Predic.; quit of] Rid of
[Archaic with adverbial; quit oneself] Behave in a specified way
To stop, cease, or discontinue
To depart from, leave (a place or person)
To release one’s hold of (something grasped)
To acquit or conduct (oneself)
To free or rid (oneself)
To clear (a debt)
To the utmost or most absolute extent or degree
To a certain or fairly significant extent or degree
This is our quiet time, so you must all stop talking.
The car has a quiet, economical engine.
I was as quiet as I could be, but he knew I was there.
The street below was quiet, little traffic braving the snow.
All he wanted was a quiet drink.
We wanted a quiet wedding.
I’ll have a quiet word with him.
He saw them. His quiet, middle-aged parents dancing wildly at the bar.
Molly spoke with quiet confidence.
When you meet your future in-laws for the first time, consider wearing something quiet.
We must be as quiet as mice.
We do appreciate a quiet Sunday afternoon.
He understood her wish for peace and quiet.
After several months of comparative quiet, the scandal re-erupted in August.
The journalists quieted down as Judy stepped onto the dais.
The rumble of the crowd quieted as the cortege drew past.
We’d better quiet her with a dose of Valium.
There are ways of quieting kids down without resorting to violence.
I want to be quit of him.
Will we ever be quit of this debt?
At last, we’re quit of all further responsibilities.
Some of the grassquits include the Cuban grassquit, the sooty grassquit, the dull-colored grassquit, the yellow-faced grassquit, and the black-faced grassquit.
He keeps threatening to quit.
They received notice to quit.
She quit her job in a pizza restaurant.
I want to quit smoking.
Quit yourselves like men, and fight.
She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
He quit his claim to the throne.
She quit herself well.
Thou must quit thyself of doubts.
He quitted the place hastily.
It’s quite out of the question.
Are you quite certain about this?
This is quite a different problem.
I quite agree.
Quite frankly, I don’t blame you.
“You’ve no intention of coming back?” “I’m quite sorry, but no, I have not.”
It’s quite warm outside.
I was quite embarrassed, actually.
She did quite well at school.
He’s quite an attractive man.
She hasn’t been seen for quite some time.
She was quite the thing in heels and stockings and lipstick.
He thought the bag was heavy, but it was quite light.
It’s quite the thing to do.
|Adjective: quieter, quietest, unquieted, unquieting
Noun: quieter, quietness, quietude
Verb: quieten [mostly British]
|Adjective: quit-rent, quittable, unquitted
Noun: quit-rent, quitclaim, quittance, quitter
|History of the Word:|
|A Middle English noun that originally meant peace as opposed to war, it came via Old French and was based on the Latin quies, quiet- meaning repose, quiet.||1 Middle English in the sense of set free and is from the Old French quite (adjective), quiter (verb), both of which are from the Latin quietus, a past participle of quiescere meaning be still, which is from quies meaning quiet.||Middle English from the obsolete adjective quite, as a variant of quit in terms of leaving.|
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!