Revised as of 15 February 2018
Hmmm, anecdote or antidote? Well, I know which one I want to swallow if I ever get snakebit! You can always tell me your story later!
Of course, your anecdote may be so b-o-r-i-n-g that I want to swallow an antidote if I have to listen to it or I may prefer to succumb to the snakebite, but, well, the only other antidote I can think of is drinking until I’m stupid or asleep. I could always leave… Perhaps I could sic the snake on you, hmmm, that has possibilities…
…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:|
Plural: anecdotes, anecdota
|Noun; Verb, transitive|
|A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
[Homeopathy] Substance that cancels or opposes the effect of a remedy
Medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison
Something that counteracts or neutralizes an unpleasant feeling or situation
|Great Aunt Mabel was full of anecdotes about the family.
James was always telling anecdotes about his job.
George had a rich store of anecdotes.
His wife’s death has long been the subject of rumor and anecdote.
Laughter is the best medicine, an antidote to stress.
Quick, give him the antidote!
Good jobs are the best antidote to teenage crime.
What remedy will antidote henbane?
Medication was given to antidote the poison the child had swallowed.
|Adjective: anecdotal, anecdotic
Noun: anecdotalist, anecdotist
|Adjective: antidotal, antidotical
Adverb: antidotally, antidotically
|History of the Word:|
|Late 17th century via modern Latin from the Greek anekdota, things unpublished, from an- (not) + ekdotos, from ekdidōnai meaning publish.||Late Middle English from the Greek antidoton, neuter of antidotos meaning given against, from anti- (against) + didonai (give).|
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!
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Anecdote by Evan is courtesy of Morbid Holiday, LOL!