Revised as of 4 October 2017
It’s been a few years since I read that line in a novel, that the valets were parking all sorts of luxury vehicles: a Lamborghini, Maseratis, Rolls Royces, Porches… Screeeeeech…yup, that’s me brakes comin’ on…porch? How in god’s name does one park a porch? And ain’t it scary that this is the line that is most memorable to me about the book?
Naturally an image of a lovely farmhouse sort of porch came to mind…it was a warm blue-gray clapboard siding, a few steps up to a porch lined with pots of red geraniums, hanging ferns, and a white balustraded railing, a couple of old-time rockers angled in towards each other…
Yeah, not the image the author was going for…I think.
…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:|
|A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building
The portico or stoa in the agora of ancient Athens, where the Stoic philosopher Zeno of Citium and his followers met
[Obsolete] A portico
|High-performance sports and racing cars originally produced by Ferdinand Porsche’s company, and to his designs|
|I love sitting out on the porch during a rainstorm.
Mary’s out on the porch with Joe.
I love a porch that wraps around the sides of a house.
|A Porsche is a classic sports car coveted by men.
The 356 Porsche is the root of the Porsche look.
Porsche is currently the world’s largest race car manufacturer (Wikipedia).
|Adjective: porched, porchless
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French porche, which is from the Latin porticus meaning colonnade, from porta meaning passage.||1948 is when Ferdinand Porsche and his son first began to build Porsche sports cars (Porsche.com).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
Porch and Arcade Yard of Castle Porcia is Johann Jaritz’s own work under the GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 at, or CC BY-SA 3.0 licenses while White GT3 RS 4.0, Front View, FoS 2011 by Adam Russell from England (Flickr) is under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license. Both are via Wikimedia Commons.