Yes, I have run into a few of these cereal vs serial word confusions, but not many. I’m mostly doing a comparison ’cause I like the words…!
I do tend to devour books, and I particularly like serials, i.e., books in a series. Easy enough to notice if you look over my list of urban fantasy and paranormal romance series that I’ve read…*grin*… I have definitely been known to enjoy cookies and milk as I read, but you’ll never find me shredding a book into a bowl and pouring milk and sugar over it! Ick…the ink gets all blurry.
If you find you do have a problem telling the difference, remember that cereal and corn both start with a c.
…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:|
|Adjective 1; Noun
Describes a type of container
Consisting of, forming part of, or taking place in a series
[Of a criminal] Repeatedly committing the same offense and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern
Grab those cereal boxes.
We had low yields for cereal crops this year.
I want cereal!
My favorite hot cereal in childhood was Cocoa Wheats.
Magazines are a type of serial publication.
They’re calling them serial killings now.
Elizabeth Taylor’s short marriages were a type of serial monogamy.
He’s a a suspected serial rapist.
One example of using a serial comma is “an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect”.
They wanted, needed, longed for peace.
I recently finished a serial of David Weber’s Honorverse.
Someone suffering from OCD is exhibiting serial behavior.
“Serial tasking is a kind of hybrid between multitasking and singletasking” (Make Use Of.com).
Adverb: nonserially, serially
Noun: nonserial, seriality
|History of the Word:|
|1 Early 19th century from the Latin cerealis, from Ceres, the name of the Roman goddess of agriculture||1846 from series + -al, perhaps suggested by the French sérial.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
The post, “Cereal Killers”, by Mitchell Wells at Horror Society, is a crack-up with sixteen different cereals horrorfied by artist Joe Simko. If you like, you can buy Cereal Killer cards over at Wax-Eye.com. At the least, go have a look, lol.