I was reading a book…yeah, yeah, big surprise *eye roll as I laugh* when I ran across a questionable use of hale, as in she haled the man, and it jerked me out of the story. No, she wasn’t pulling the man anywhere, so the author must have meant hail, hmmm…
I re-read that sentence a few times, substituting hail for hale, and it worked better, for me anyway. Then I had to go back a few paragraphs to fall back into the words the writer wanted me to be paying attention to. Ya know, the ones that tell the story?
Still, the damage was done. I wasn’t in the story anymore. Instead I was leery, wondering when the author would hale me out again.
It can cause a to-do, using the wrong words.
…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: Hale|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Adjective; Verb, transitive|
[Archaic] Used as a salutation
Used to express acclamation
A shout or call used to attract attention 3
[With adverbial of direction; of a large number of objects] Fall or be hurled forcefully
[Hail from] To be or have been native to or a resident of
To call out
Acclaim enthusiastically as being a specified thing
[Of a person, especially an elderly one] Strong and healthy
Free from defect, disease, or infirmity
Retaining exceptional health and vigor
Compel to go
All hail the King!
a hail of bullets
It is hailing.
It hailed so hard we had to stop.
Missiles and bombs hail down from the sky.
He hails from Pittsburgh.
She raised her hand to hail a cab.
He has been hailed as the new James Dean.
For a sixty-year-old man, he’s very hale and hearty.
I feel hale in mind and body.
The fishermen haled the huge net onto the deck of the ship.
|Noun: hailer, hailstone, hailstorm||Adjective: halesome
Noun: haleness, haler
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 13th century
Its origins are the same as 4
Old English nouns hagol or hægl while hagalian, the verb, is of Germanic origin (Apple Dictionary.com) and akin to Old High German hagal, meaning hail (Merriam-Webster: Hail).
Related to the Dutch hagel and the German Hagel.
Middle English from the obsolete adjective hail, meaning healthy which occurs in greetings and toasts, such as wæs hæil (see wassail, which is from the Old Norse heill and related to hale and whole.
|5 First known use: before 12th century
Old English, variant of hāl, meaning whole.
Middle English from the Old French haler or aler which is from the Old Norse hala.
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!