People! There is a distinct difference between “wicked behavior” and “a clamping hold”!
Of course, I suppose that a vice may well have a vise-like grip on a person, as addicting as that vice might be. However. It is no excuse to grab someone with a vice-like grip…hmmm…I may be wrong about that. A drug that could cause someone to become addicted could be considered to have a vice-like grip, I suppose… Unfortunately, vice is more of a metaphysical noun while vise is definitely physical.
I do like C.S. Lakin’s example: “I often see writers talk about being ‘squeezed in a vice grip’. But that makes me conjure up the image of a team of cops closing in on a criminal who has drugs hidden in his pocket” from her post, “Don’t Elicit Illicit Behavior“.
So pay attention: it is physically impossible (unless you’re British writing for a British audience) to grip someone in a vice of any sort.
…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.
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1, vise [British]Plural: vices [U.S.], vises [British]||Noun, vice [British]Plural: vises [U.S.], vices [British]|
Bad, immoral, or wicked behavior 1
Weak character 1
Bad habit 1
[Informal] Short for vice president, vice admiral ++
Acting as a deputy or substitute for
[Combination form] vice- Next in rank modifying any noun it precedes indicating a deputy 3
|A tool with movable jaws used to hold an object firmly in place while work is done on it, typically attached to a workbench
May denote a screw or winch
Chocolate is my vice.
That man has more vices than the devil!
The letter was drafted by David Hunt, vice Bevin who was ill.
She’s the vice-admiral of the Solarian Navy.
The vice-president is scheduled to be here.
He was appointed vice regent to the Crown.
|That dog grabs on like a vise!
Use the vise to hold the two pieces together.
He held on with a vise-like grip.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English from the Old French from the Latin vitium.||Middle English and denoting a screw or winch and from the Old French vis, which is from the Latin vitis meaning vine.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
I resized and cropped the image, “Red Clothespins BDSM” by Diana Blackwell [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons depicts “a woman wearing a BDSM collar placing red clothespins on a man’s nipples and below his stomach, to emphasize the mini vises attached to the man’s nipple area. While this was obviously an activity he enjoyed, some people do see it as a vice…*grin*…