Surely, she’s a surly woman when she encounters a surely man who is surly running fast. Aye, ’tis indeed a gruesome sight and a horrible sound, lol. And shocking how one teeny letter can make such a difference!
…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|
This quote from Airplane is one of the top 100 quotes from the movies:
Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious?”
Rumack: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”
|Part of Grammar:|
|A more formal usage than sure
Emphasizes the speaker’s firm belief that what they are saying is true and often their surprise that there is any doubt of this
Without a doubt, certainly
With assurance or confidence
|Surely you see that this is true!
Surely you jest!
Slowly but surely the battleship overhauled the merchant freighter.
If there is no will, then surely the house goes automatically to you.
He would surely die if he did not heed the warning.
You’ll wait for me? Surely.
|He’s a surly cuss!
He left with a surly expression.
It was a surly brunet who gave the game away.
There were enough times when he got so surly and snarky that I knew enough to be wary.
The factory owner was a surly brute of whom his employees kept their eyes downcast.
|Adjective: sure||Adjective: surlier, surliest, unsurly
Adverb: surlily, unsurlily
Noun: surliness, unsurliness
|History of the Word:|
|1300-50; Middle English surliche.||Mid-16th century in the sense of lordly, haughty, or arrogant. It is an alteration of the obsolete sirly.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?