I suspect someone got carried away, confusing bier for beer. Maybe the author had been drinking a lot of German bier and simply forgot that a German pilsner didn’t fit his character’s personality, especially since the boys were all drinkin’ Buds, ahem. Certainly reading about bier while the “warrior” was rocking out with his buds in an American biker bar wrecked my mood as thoughts of funerals leapt up in my brain. Did not make for a partying atmosphere.
It’s not just about choosing the proper spelling for a word, but choosing the right word that suits the setting, the characters, and the mood. After all bier does mean beer, but as you can see from above, the characters in this story were not the type to be drinking bier. Maybe if they’d been in a German bar…
…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: Dictionary.com: beer and bier|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste
Any of various beverages, whether alcoholic or not, made from roots, molasses or sugar, yeast, etc.
An individual serving of beer
A glass, can, or bottle of beer
[Modifier] Relating to or used in the drinking of beer
[Modifier] In which beer is drunk, especially of licensed premises having a license to sell beer
|Frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial
I’ll buy a round of beers
Let’s get a keg of beer
beer glass, beer mat
beer house, beer cellar, beer garden
|They carried his bier high so that all could see him.
And so the dwarves laid Snow White out upon a bier and wept for her.
|Adjective: beery, beerier, beeriest
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: before 1000
Middle English bere, Old English bēor.
It’s related to Old Saxon, Old High German bior, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch bēr, Dutch, German Bier (Old Norse bjōrr).
|First known use: before 900
Middle English bere, Old English bēr, bǣr.
It’s related to Old High German bēra (German Bahre), Dutch, Danish baar, Swedish bår; spelling influenced by French bière.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?