I always have to think about this one. As long as I remember that to deboss is to depress or push in and that emboss is to emphasize, protrude, or push out, I’m good.
Psst, if you’re into geography, maybe think of valleys and hills, respectively.
…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: emboss|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, transitive||Verb, transitive|
|A stamp design) into the surface of an object so that it is indented
||Carve, mold, or stamp a design on a surface or object so that it stands out in relief
To decorate a surface with raised ornament
[Metalworking] To raise a design on a blank with dies of similar pattern, one the negative of the other
To cause to bulge out
|The rubber bands so many wear for various interests are debossed awareness bracelets.
The shoulders of the lemon-yellow bottle are debossed with lemons.
The design on the book’s cover is debossed.
|I feel in love with an embossed brass dish.
It had a dull gold casing with the logo embossed on the front.
It’s popular these days to use embossed fonts for author names and book titles.
|Adjective: embossable, embossed, unembossed
Noun: embosser, embossment
|History of the Word:|
|1930s, from de- and emboss.||Late Middle English from the Old French base of the obsolete French embosser, from em- (into) + boce (protuberance).|
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!