Actually, an easy way to remember that isle is a small island (or peninsula) is to simply think of the British Isles. An island nation.
Compared to an isle, an aisle is much more open. It allows one to progress while an isle is more likely to bar one’s way.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: aisles
|Simple Future Contraction (uses an apostrophe)||Noun, chiefly poetic or literary
Plural for noun: isles
|Passage between rows of seats in a building
Passage between shelves of goods
[Architecture] Lower part parallel to and at the side of a nave, choir, or transept from which it is divided by pillars
|[Chiefly literary] Island or peninsula, usually small|
|Her father led her up the aisle at her wedding.
And there was dancing in the aisles.
The peaches are in aisle four.
Piers Anthony’s Centaur Aisle is pretty funny as well.
|I’ll be home for Christmas.
I’ll see what’s keeping her.
I’ll be right back.
I’ll eat my hat!
|She lives on a small isle in the Mediterranean.
England has been referred to as the British Isles.
It was a small isle of sunlight in which the lass spun.
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English ele, ile, from the Old French ele, which is from the Latin ala meaning wing.
The spelling change in the 17th century was due to confusion with isle and influenced by the French aile which also meant wing.
|Middle English ile from the Old French and from the Latin insula. The spelling with s (also in the 15th-century French) is influenced by Latin.|
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!
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The island photo is by User:Geographer under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 license and the “Illustrated Front Cover from The Queenslander, August 7, 1930” is by the State Library of Queensland, Australia, and has No restrictions. Both are via Wikimedia Commons.