Word Confusion: Moose versus Mousse

Posted September 17, 2013 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Revised as of 23 September 2017

Well this one just cracked me up! I couldn’t believe anyone could confuse chocolate with fur! One takes very little effort to eat, while the other… Well, there’s a lot more involved before you can eat a moose.

Word Confusions started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly

Word Confusions…

…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.

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Moose Mousse
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com

“Mammals – Moose” courtesy of
Creatures of the World.

“Alice’s Chocolate Mousse Cake with Icing with Cajeta” courtesy of Zoë Bakes

Part of Grammar:

Plural: moose, mooses, or meese

Verb, transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: mousses
Past tense or past participle: moussed
Gerund or present participle: moussing

Large deer with palmate antlers, a sloping back, and a growth of skin hanging from the neck. It is native to northern Eurasia and northern North America.

[British] Elk

Sweet or savory dish made as a smooth light mass with whipped cream and beaten egg white, flavored with chocolate, fish, etc., and typically served chilled

  • Soft, light, or aerated gel such as a soap preparation
  • Frothy preparation that is applied to the hair, enabling it to be styled more easily
  • Brown frothy emulsion of oil and seawater formed by weathering of an oil slick

Verb, transitive:
Style hair using mousse

Moose were frequently seen in the television series Northern Exposure.

Part of the deer family, Alces alces is the biggestt extant species.

Somehow, saying a herd of meeses went through here, makes me laugh.

Bull moose are a lot like human men, they prefer to roam in all-male herds and fight for their one-night stands.

Tonight we are offering a roulade of sole with a lobster mousse.

Oh yeah, gimme some dark chocolate mousse.

Helen loves her fragrant shower mousse.

Verb, transitive:
She mousses her hair.

He was such a metrosexual. Can you imagine how much time he spends moussing his hair?

Noun: mooseburger Noun: mousseline
History of the Word:
Early 17th century from an Eastern Algonquian language

Compare with the Narragansett moòs

Mid-19th century, from the French for moss or froth

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?

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Pinterest Photo Credits:

Bull Moose Growing New Antlers and Shedding Fur by Zaereth, 10 June 2010, is in the public domain, and Mango Mousse on the Basis of Yogurt is Messir’s own work under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, with both via Wikimedia Commons.