I can’t begin to count the number of times I have been a curser when I’m shoving my cursor around on my computer…
Curser is one of those infrequently used words that rarely appear in a story, so it’s quite disconcerting when I run across a curser in text. It immediately conjures up images of witch doctors shaking a bone rattle, perhaps stirring a cauldron of boiling…something…ick…
Now when I run across the word cursor, I’m expecting to see instructions on how to do something on my computer or something involving computers in a story, so you can imagine what a jerk it is on my imagination when someone tells me to use my curser to point to a link and click. Ahem.
…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. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Free Dictionary; Merriam-Webster; Mighty Red Pen|
|Part of Grammar:|
|One who places a curse on another person or object||A mark on a computer screen that shows the place where information is being entered or read
|The curser uttered imprecations under his breath while he waved his arms.||Click to place the cursor in the field before starting to type.
Dang, where’s that cursor?
When a cursor changes to a hand image, it indicates a hyperlink.
Noun: [Informal] cuss
Verb: [Informal] cuss, outcursed, outcursing
Verb, transitive: outcurse
|History of the Word:|
|The word, curse, is Middle English, from the Old English curs.||First Known Use: 1594
From the Latin currere meaning runner.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?