This confusion tends to crop up mostly in paranormal romance or urban fantasy tales.
Just keep in mind that vampires bite and suck blood from mammals. Much like the leeches you may pick up in streams or lakes while leaching doesn’t bite. It may involve soil, and I suppose you could argue that leaching does drain minerals from soil, but it becomes an unsound argument to apply to vampires.
…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:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun 1, 2, 3;
Verb 1, intransitive & transitive
[With reference to a soluble chemical or mineral] Drain away from soil, ash, or similar material by the action of percolating liquid, especially rainwater
A wormlike creature that sucks blood 1
A person who extorts profit from or sponges on others
[Archaic] Doctor, healer 2
[Sailing 3] After or leeward edge of a fore-and-aft sail
Leeward edge of a spinnaker
Vertical edge of a square sail
[Computing] One who benefits, usually deliberately, from others’ information or effort but does not offer anything in return
To cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech
[Archaic] To cure
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring discussed pesticides that leach into rivers.
Fertilizer can be leached away by too much rainwater.
Gold can be leached out of the ore.
Leeches have been used to suck the blood out of bruises thereby speeding up healing time.
We’ll need a leech to bandage him up.
The leech is the angled side, the aft or back edge, of a sail.
If you’ve read any of the Outlander series, you know how often Claire uses leeches as part of her healing technique.
I am image leeching when I directly link to a book cover in Goodreads.
Can’t you see he’s leeching off you?
The doctor leeched the blood from his bruise.
|Adjective: leachable, unleached
Noun: leachability, leachate, leacher
|History of the Word:|
|Old English leccan meaning to water is of West Germanic origin. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.||1 Old English lǣce, lȳce and related to the Middle Dutch lake, lieke.
Probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish lik, Danish lig, denoting a rope sewn round the edge of a sail to stop the canvas from tearing.
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!