Arghhh! I cannot believe how often I run across this word confusion. I’ve seen pedal confused for peddle so many times that I’m starting to get confused!
Sellers may peddle their wares, and they may pedal their wares to market. They may also pedal their wares over to people. They will, however, never peddle their wares in a bike over to people, although they may peddle their wares to people from a bike or pedal their wares to people…on a bike.
Just because the words sound similar doesn’t mean that a pedal refers to anything but an object that is operated by foot to cause movement. To peddle is to sell while petal has a much softer purpose. To bring beauty, to provide a metaphor to describe a maiden’s cheek, to brightly surround the reproductive organs of a flower. Three very distinct concepts.
…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:|
|Adjective 1; Noun 2;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Combined Form 3; Noun 4|
Of or relating to a pedal or pedals
[Chiefly medicine, zoology] Of or relating to the foot or feet
[Music, usually plural, pedals] Each key of an organ keyboard that is played with the feet
Work the pedals of a bicycle
Use the pedals of a piano, especially in a particular style
Sell an illegal drug or stolen item
[Archaic] To occupy oneself with trifles
To deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities
To peddle radical ideas
Sell an illegal drug or stolen item
[Derogatory] Promotion of an idea or view persistently or widely
Used in the formation of compound words meaning seeking or moving toward that specified by the initial element
I love the pedal boats at the lake.
She emptied the ashtray into the pedal bin.
Now this gadget uses a pedal mechanism.
His foot slipped off the pedal of his bike.
Put the pedal to the metal, baby.
He was coming down the path on his bike, pedaling hard.
Chopin gave no indications of pedaling in his manuscript.
She pedaled fast and furious on that old organ.
Certain youths who were involved in theft and drug peddling.
‘Twas a peddling of dangerous socialism
There was little of significance in what he peddled.
They caught the guy who was peddling heroin to schoolkids.
He peddled art and printing materials around the country.
He criticized his fellow candidate for peddling risky ideas.
“Basipetal … transport in Arabidopsis roots was inhibited by NPA, whereas the movement of … benzoic acid was not affected” (Plant Physiology).
Acropetal is the opposite of basipetal in that it opens from the base towards the apex in sequence (The Difference Between).
Centripetal is an actual force, as opposed to centrifugal force which is an apparent force.
The flowers in the bouquet were dropping their petals.
He did not disturb so much as a petal.
Her cheeks were like petals to the touch.
|Noun: pedaler, pedaller||Adjective: unpeddled
Noun: peddler, peddling, pedlar
Verb, transitive: repeddled, repeddling
|Adjective: petal-like, petaled, petalled, petaline, petalless, petallike, unpetaled
|History of the Word:|
|1 Early 17th century straight from the Latin pedalis from pes, ped- meaning foot.
2 Early 17th century denoting a foot-operated lever of an organ from the French pédale, which is from the Italian pedale, which is from the Latin pedalis meaning a foot in length from pes, ped- meaning foot.
|1525-35, as a back-formation from pedlar.||3 New Latin -pet (us) seeking, derivative of Latin petere to seek + -al1|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?