No, peace vs. piece is not a frequent word confusion, and yet I feel compelled to include it. I suspect I’m obsessing about pie, as in I want a piece of Thursday’s pumpkin pie. And some of that turkey, and a bit of the cranberry sauce. Nor will I forget to help myself to some of the yams. Yum!
Of course, it being a holiday of family getting together, it’s likely the peace will get cut up with arguments — politics being a favorite.
For myself, I see peace as a very flowing, calm, sort of word. I think it’s all those as as the word just floats along calmly and serenely, just burbling along the stream of words.
Piece, however, has a choppy feel to it. It’s all those es and that i breaking the word, tearing it. It doesn’t feel like a word that flows, but has a more independent stance.
It’s too bad that peace is so frequently in pieces
…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:|
Noun; Verb, intransitive
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Used as a greeting
Used as an order to remain silent
Mental calm; serenity
Freedom from or cessation of war or violence
Ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some churches
Portion of an object or of material, produced by cutting, tearing, or breaking the whole
One of an item that were put together to make something and into which it naturally divides
An item forming part of a set
A written, musical, or artistic creation or composition
A figure or token to make moves on a game board[Slang] Firearm [Slang, offensive] Woman
Slowly make sense of something from separate facts and bits of evidence
Isn’t there a song with the phrase peace on earth in it?
Hey, cut me a piece of cheese, willya?
Hey! Who took my bike to pieces?
Ooh, that’s a nice piece of luggage.
What a lovely piece of music!
C’mon, Joe, gimme a piece.
Are you piecing?
Sherlock Holmes solved cases by piecing together the hints and clues.
If it be broken, it must be pieced.
|Adjective: peaceless, peacelike
Noun: peacelessness, nonpeace, self-peace
|Adjective: multipiece, unpieced|
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French pais, which is from the Latin pax, pac- meaning peace.||Archaic:
Middle English, from the Old French piece is of obscure ultimate origin (compare this with the medieval Latin pecia, petium).
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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