I actually ran across cadge being used properly and was caught by its possible relationship to cage. No, the pronunciation isn’t alike: cadge sounds like badge — which means I’ve been pronouncing it wrong all these years — but the scary part was typing cadge into image search turned up all these pictures of birds and cages. Definitely an oh, no moment.
I suppose, on some distant planet, you could draw a parallel between a man cadging for money as his (or her) seeking to be free from whatever cage he’s trapped in. To purchase what they like…unfortunately, we’re on this planet, and we’ll just have to suck it up.
…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; Your Writer Platform; Dictionary.com: cadge|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb 2, intransitive & transitive||Noun; Verb, transitive|
[Falconry] A frame on which hawks are carried to the field 1
[British] A person who cadges
[British; informal] On the cadge
To borrow without intent to repay
To beg or obtain by begging
[Slang] To sponge [off someone]
A structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are confined
[As modifier] Cagebird
A thing or place that confines or imprisons
Something resembling a cage in function or structure
Confine in or as in a cage
[Sports] To shoot (as a puck) into a cage so as to score a goal
He’s on the cadge, that one.
Polly is cadging again.
He cadged a ride into town.
Mary cadges drinks at the bar.
He was cadging money on the street.
Lydia cadged a dollar for the parking meter.
He was hoping to cadge the bus fare
Polly cadged a meal from a friend.
animals in cages
his cage of loneliness
She kept a canary in a cage.
Oh, man, his rib cage is torn wide open.
He’s a sneaky old cagebird.
He got the lion caged, and we all breathed easier.
The parrot screamed, furious at being caged.
[As an Adjective] a caged bird
|Noun: cadger||Adjective: cageless, cagelike
Verb, transitive: recage, recaged, recaging
|History of the Word:|
|1 1605-15 in an apparent variant of cage.
Back-formation from the Scots cadger meaning carrier, huckster from the Middle English cadgear
|Middle English via Old French from the Latin cavea.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?