Nope, this is my own curiosity running amuck. I was curious about marque and how it differed from a marquee, so imagine my surprise when I found that the former had less in common with the latter than I thought…!
On the Mississippi, when they called out “by the mark twain!”, they meant that the water was two fathoms deep. So, there’s using marks to measure the depth of the water, which might be useful for a ship’s captain bearing letters of marque.
Before universal education, many people simply made their mark on a piece of paper to signify that they signed their name. Think of all the mamas putting coasters under that glass or bottle to prevent marks on the furniture! And of course all our frustration over trying to get that grease mark off our shirts!
You could also think of marque as a form of branding. It usually applies to cars, for example, Chevrolet’s Dodge, Jeep, Plymouth or Ford’s Continental or Mercury or General Motors’ Buick or Cadillac. Which is distinctly different from marquee, which you can find at Marquee versus Marquis.
…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:|
|Noun 1, 2;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 3
A small area on a surface having a different color from its surroundings, typically one caused by accident or damage
A line, figure, or symbol made as an indication or record of something
Point awarded for a correct answer or for proficiency in an examination or competition
Former English and Scottish money of account, equal to thirteen shillings and four pence in the currency of the day
Verb, intransitive: 3
Verb, transitive: 3
Write a word or symbol on (an object), typically for identification
Show the position of
Notice or pay careful attention to[Of a player in a team game] Stay close to a particular opponent in order to prevent them getting or passing the ball
|4 Make of car, as distinct from a specific model
5 [Letter of marque, usually letters of marque (and reprisal)] A government license authorizing a person to attack and capture enemy merchant shipping and to commit legal piracy
Commissions or warrants issued to someone to commit what would otherwise be acts of piracy (Red State Briefing)
The blow left a red mark down one side of her face.
He was five feet nine, with no distinguishing marks.
Unemployment had passed the two million mark.
The flag was at half-mast as a mark of respect.
It is the mark of a civilized society to treat its elderly members well.
Many candidates lose marks because they don’t read the questions carefully.
Figurative full marks to them for highlighting the threat to the rain forest.
The highest mark was 98 percent.
a Mark 10 Jaguar.
Few bullets could have missed their mark.
They figure I’m an easy mark.
She marked all her possessions with her name.
an envelope marked “private and confidential”
She marked the date down on a card.
He marked off their names in a ledger.
The top of the pass marks the border between Alaska and the Yukon.
You need to mark out the part of the garden where the sun lingers longest.
The solicitor general marked him out for government office.
She had marked him down as a liberal.
To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the group held a fashion show.
A series of incidents which marked a new phase in the terrorist campaign.
His sword marked him out as an officer.
The reaction to these developments has been marked by a note of hysteria.
His watch marked five past eight.
The teachers are given adequate time to mark term papers.
I was marked down for having skipped the last essay question.
He’ll leave you, you mark my words!
|A privateer is distinct from a pirate in that he carries letters of marque.
Sir Francis Drake and the Lafitte brothers are some of the more notorious “pirates” who sailed under letters of marque.
|History of the Word:|
| Old English mearc, gemerce 1, mearcian 3, are of Germanic origin and are from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin margo meaning margin.
3 Old English marc is from the Old Norse mҩrk.
|4 Early 20th century from the French, a back-formation from marquer meaning to brand, although it’s of Scandinavian origin.
Used in the motor industry
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Play ship at Colgate West Sussex England, 02“, Acabashi’s own work [CC BY-SA 4.0], is flying a “Pirate Flag” by fdecomite (Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0] and is marked with “0028 – Milano – Graffiti – Foto Giovanni Dall’Orto 22-Aug-2005“, G.dallorto’s self-published work [Attribution], [CC BY 2.0] and sailing the ocean supplied by U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos (140401-N-KE519-028), which is in the public domain. All images are via Wikimedia Commons.