I can never figure out if I’m in some animated cartoon or what when I run across a character who has a limping gate. It’d be fun to see what Roald Dahl or R.L. Stine might do with that gate.
What I can’t imagine is someone opening and closing a gait…
…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’s Dictionary; Merriam-Webster: gait; Dictionary.com: gate|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, intransitive & transitive 2||Combined Form 3;|
Person’s manner of walking
Paces of an animal
Combines with -gate (also see Suffix below)
Added to a name scandal resulting from concealed crime or other alleged improprieties in government or business
Indicating a person or thing that has been the cause of, or is associated with, a public scandal
Number of people who pay to enter a sports facility, exhibition hall, etc., for any one event
Device resembling a gate in structure or function
An electric circuit with an output that depends on the combination of several inputs
[Skiing] Opening through which a skier must pass in a slalom course[Slang] Dismissal
[Archaic] Way, path 5
[North England and Scotland] Habitual manner or way of acting
[Dialect] Method, style 5
[Dialect] The channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould 6
[Dialect] The metal that solidifies in such channels
[Electronics] To control the operation of an electronic device by means of a gate
To select the parts of a wave signal that are within a certain range of amplitude or within certain time intervals.
His limp is affecting his usual gait.
Have a friend watch your horse gaiting to watch his conformation.
A major political scandal in the early 1970s, Watergate, brought President Nixon down.
In 1976, Koreagate was a political scandal involving South Korean political figures seeking influence from 10 Democratic members of Congress.
Chinagate resulted in federal prosecutions of foreign influence peddlers who had been trying to buy a night at the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House.
Radical Rightists and the not-so-Reverend Jerry Falwell received illegal funds in Moongate.
What’s the gate on today’s event?
She was so mad, she gave him the gate.
They’ve been lettin’ people go at the factory, and Pete was one of those who got the gate.
There are “various forms of electrolyte-containing dielectrics that are employed as a gate-insulating medium” (Scientific Reports).
They’re gating the ion channel.
|Adjective: gateless, gatelike
Noun: gatecrasher, gated, gatehouse, gatekeeper, gatekeeping, gateman, gatepost, gateway
Verb, transitive: gatecrash
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 1509
Late Middle English gait, gate meaning gate, way
|3 1972, -gate was extracted from Watergate, nonce word, created as a result of a journalistic coinage to name major scandals.
Middle English from the Old English geat and akin to Old Norse gat meaning opening
Middle English, from the Old Norse gata meaning road and akin to the Old High German gazza meaning road
7 1973, abstracted from Watergate, the Washington, D.C., building complex, home of the National Headquarters of the Democratic Party when it was burglarized June 17, 1972, by operatives later found to be working for the staff and re-election campaign of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
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!
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“Horse Jumping” by Eadweard Muybridge, Waugsberg, and is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.