Lately I’ve been coming across authors giving a whooping and I feel so confused. I suppose all that screamin’ and hollerin’ could provide sufficient punishment or be a result of a whupping, but I should have thought that a “good” beating is a more likely scenario after reading the context.
Not that I advocate whuppin’ someone, but if the storyline calls for it…
…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; Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Variant of whip
Another term for oops
Used to express surprise, mild embarrassment, etc., or as a casual apology
Used as a cry to attract attention from afar
A long rasping indrawn breath, typically of someone with whooping cough
To utter a loud cry or shout in expressing enthusiasm, excitement, etc.
To cry as an owl, crane, or certain other birds
To make the characteristic sound accompanying the deep intake of air following a series of coughs in whooping cough
To whoop to or at
To call, urge, pursue, or drive with whoops
|[North American; informal] Beat, thrash
Whoops, my bad.
All we heard was whoops of delight.
He’s got whooping cough.
Oh, please. It’s not worth a whoop.
I don’t give a whoop what you do.
He whooped for joy.
We’re gonna whoop it up this weekend!
Every family reunion, the old folks like to whoop up the good old days.
|He deserves the ass-whuppin’.
They would whup him and send him home.
If you lined up our guys against the 49ers, they’d get whupped.
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 1350-1400
Middle English whopen, from the Old English hwōpan meaning to threaten with the same origin as the Gothic hwopan meaning to boast. Probably imitative.
|First known use: Late 19th century, Scottish variant of whip|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?