Revised as of 19 February 2018
This pair of heterographs haven’t been a frequent word confusion, but I came across it in a Facebook post, and I wasn’t sure what the action was supposed to be. If it was a new paranormal creature called a pale or simply a spiritual sort of pale. It could also have been meant to be a simple pail. But there wasn’t enough context to tell.
It doesn’t matter where you write, there will always be someone (like me, *grin*) whimpering away about what does it mean…, and you really don’t want to distract your reader from the message you do want to send.
…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; Merriam-Webster|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Noun 2;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 3
Light in color or having little color
[The Pale; historical] Another term for English Pale 4
[Heraldry] A broad vertical stripe down the middle of a shield
An area or the limits within which one is privileged or protected (as from censure)
Seem less impressive or important
To enclose with pales
To encircle or encompass
|Quick, grab the pail.
Use a mop and pail to clean that up.
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.
Choose pale floral patterns for walls.
She looked pale and drawn.
Unconvincing rock that came across as a pale imitation of Bruce Springsteen.
Oh, you have gone beyond the pale.
All else pales by comparison.
His own problems paled into insignificance compared to the plight of this child.
He was pale with fear.
|Adjective: paler, palest, palish
Noun: paleness, paling
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English with an uncertain origin.
Compare with the Old English pægel meaning gill, small measure and the Old French paelle meaning pan, liquid measure, or brazier.
|1 Middle English from the Old French pale, which is from the Latin pallidus.
4 That part of Ireland over which England exercised jurisdiction before the whole country was conquered. Centered in Dublin, it varied in extent at different times from the reign of Henry II until the full conquest under Elizabeth I.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?