It’s hard to believe that anyone could confuse air with heir, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by what software manages to ignore. ’Cause I just can’t buy that an author could actually mix this one up, ahem.
I’ve added err to this post (effective 8 November 2016), primarily because it is an heterograph along with air and heir…and I’ve learned to expect confusions of all sorts. Of course, I’ll be adding a post for “E’er vs Ere vs Err” and you may want to check out “‘Em, ‘Er, ‘Im…“.
…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; Dictionary.com: err and heir|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Noun 1, 2, 3
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Verb, intransitive||Noun; Verb, transitive
FEMININE for the noun: heiress
Operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air
Of or relating to aircraft or to aviation
Taking place in the air
[Air of] An impression of a quality or manner given by someone or something 2
[Music] A tune or short melodious composition, typically a song 3
To be broadcast or televised
Expose a room to the open air in order to ventilate it
|[Formal] Be mistaken or incorrect
To stray from the right course or accepted standards
To act with bias, especially favorable bias
To go astray in thought, morals, or belief
[Archaic] To deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose
Person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person’s death
That air drill sure makes it easier.
We’ll need an air pump to blow up that big ol’ mattress.
Boeing rules the air industry.
World War I was the first air war.
The doctor told me to get some fresh air.
He celebrated by tossing his hat high in the air.
Air travel gets you there faster.
Radio stations have successfully sold products over the air.
She answered with a faint air of boredom.
He began to put on airs and think he could boss us around.
She sang a little air from the 1920s.
The programs were aired on India’s state TV network.
The window sashes were lifted regularly to air the room.
|The judge had erred in ruling that the evidence was inadmissible.
The erring brother who had wrecked his life was back.
I had erred in asking Emma to be my wife.
Both 2016 presidential candidates have erred in their moral choices.
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” – Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism”
Tom was his eldest son and heir.
She aspired to marry the heir to the throne.
They saw themselves as the true heirs of the Enlightenment.
|Adjective: airlike, airy, unaired, well-aired
|Adjective: errable, errant, erring
Noun: errability, errancy, errata, erratum, erroneous, error
Noun: heir-at-law, heirdom, heirloom, heirship
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English from the Old French air, which is from the Latin aer, which is from the Greek aēr, denoting the gas.||Middle English in the sense of wander, go astray is from the Old French errer, from the Latin errare meaning to stray.||Middle English via Old French from the Latin heres.|
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!