Whale-watching is so incredibly amazing. I love watching them broach the water, but if I ever see one wearing a brooch…well, I just might faint dead away. It’d be like seeing someone wearing a lip ring or a barbell through their eyebrow. I mean, where would a whale go to get a piercing like that done?
You may also want to explore “Breach versus Breech” when it comes to whales.
…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:|
|Noun 1; Verb , 2, 3, intransitive 1 & transitive 2||Noun
Sudden and hazardous veering of a ship possibly suffering damage
Spit for roasting meat
Long, tapered, toothed cutting tool for enlarging holes
Roof covering the corner triangle on the top of a square tower having an octagonal spire
Tool used to tapping kegs
Verb, transitive: 2
Make a hole in something for the specific purpose of drawing off liquid
Pierce a cask to draw liquor
|Piece of jewelry
An ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch
Get the broach and we’ll tap this keg.
We had broached badly, side on to the wind and sea.
The ship would have broached to if the captain had not sprung to the wheel.
He broached the last cask of wine.
When I broached the subject of her attack, she burst into tears.
|Do you plan to wear your lion brooch tonight?
I can’t believe Geoffrey gave you that emerald brooch!
That brooch is part of a set with a necklace, earrings, and tiara.
|Verb, transitive: unbrooch|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Early-18th century
From the Old French brochier, based on the Latin brocchus, broccus meaning projecting:
|Middle English, a variant of broach, originally meaning skewer or bodkin, which is from the Old French broche meaning spit for roasting and based on the Latin brocchus, broccus meaning projecting.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Breaching Humpback Whale” by Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith, 12 June 2013, [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. “On this summer’s trip to Alaska, we were again fortunate enough to have calm seas and clear weather out of Seward on a Kenai Fjords tour. At least eight different marine mammal species put in an appearance. This humpback whale was kind enough to breach four times next to our boat, giving me plenty of time to setup the focus and composition. The Common Murre in the foreground did not seem the least bit perturbed…”
“Vintage Coro Brooch” is available through ArtFire and is “set with a faceted emerald colored center oval ‘stone’ surrounded by faux pearls. The gold tone decorative base has ornately detailed scrollwork and 6 smaller emerald colored stones. Pin back is marked Coro in script.