I’ve been seeing this confusion quite a bit recently and I’m never quite sure if the character or situation is using bleach or surviving a storm. Of course, I suppose they could be getting a hair treatment…
…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:|
|Present participle of the present tense verb lighten
Noun 1, 2;
Verb 2, intransitive 1, & transitive
|Adjective; Noun; Verb, transitive|
Drop in the level of the uterus during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis
Make lighter in weight
Make brighter or lighter in color
Misspelling of “lightning”
Make or become lighter or brighter 1
Henri is lightening my hair color tomorrow.
Getting rid of these heavy drapes will lighten up the room.
Robbie felt her spirits lighten a little.
The sky began to lighten in the east
It was a lightening of her burden.
She attempted a joke to lighten the atmosphere.
She had lightened her hair.
Now the Lord lighten thee, thou art a great fool.
The bleach was lightening the fabric.
A lightning cure for his hangover.
It happened at lightning speed.
You know what they say, lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
The lightning is so bright, it’s lightening up the night sky.
Hoo, boy, that boy is fast as greased lightning.
The sky was a mass of black cloud out of which lightnings flashed.
That Bessie Mae still got that white lightning a’ her’n?
If it starts to lightning, we’d better go inside.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Mid-14th century as a verbal noun meaning the shedding of light.||Middle English was when lightening evolved into lightning. Today lightening would be considered a misspelling.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?