Revised as of 17 February 2018
This is another of those word confusions I don’t come across too often, but when I do, it’s definitely sigh-worthy. Although, maybe the author is confusing the hairy, unwashed aspects of guerrillas with gorillas??? Poor gorillas…LOL
Of course, gorilla has been used as a type of shorthand to quickly describe a big, violent-looking man without much brainpower.
…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:|
Plural: guerillas, guerrillas
Alternative spelling: guerrilla
|Powerfully built ape with a large head and short neck, found in the forests of central Africa
[Informal] Heavily built, aggressive-looking man
Used to describe a type of warfare
|There are three races of the gorilla family: two lowland and the mountain gorilla.
Nash only ever employs gorillas on his security teams.
It’s guerilla tactics.
I like the idea of guerilla gardening, as it makes good use of and brightens up empty space.
One of the primary reasons the United States won the Revolutionary War was their use of guerilla warfare against the British.
|History of the Word:|
|Allegedly from an Africa word for a wild or hairy person from the 5th or 6th century BC
In 1847, it was adopted as the specific name of the ape.
|A diminutive which arose with the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 and is from the Spanish guerra.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
Guerilla / Gorilla by Kristina McKay and Derek Ruiz and courtesy of Guerilla Art.