Revised as of 25 August 2017
Not a common word confusion, but one that has been cropping up rather frequently. It must be the excitement in the Crimea these days. I wouldn’t say I was disinterested in events in Ukraine, but more uninterested. It’s always war, war, war over there. And I’m becoming bored with war.
…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: Kidder, 177; Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Not influenced by considerations of personal advantage
Having or feeling no interest in something
Not interested in or concerned about something or someone
|A banker is under an obligation to give disinterested advice.
Her father was so disinterested in her progress that he only visited the school once.
The judge is disinterested.
|I was totally uninterested in boys.
So many voters are uninterested voices.
Noun: disinterest, disinterestedness
Adverb: uninterestedly, uninterestingly
Noun: uninterestedness, uninterestingness
|History of the Word:|
|Early 17th century: a past participle of the rare verb disinterest [rid of interest or concern], from dis- meaning expressing removal + the verb interest.||1640s, meaning unbiased is from un- (not) + past participle of interest.|
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!