One little letter makes all the difference in this, track it, you’ll see. Track is easy enough, although I was surprised at how many variations existed for it. At its heart, track is a path whether filmstrips, electrons, rubber belts, or feet are following, it makes no difference.
Tract has always meant one thing to me: a huge chunk of suburbia with houses jammed cheek by jowl and all looking alike. So it was a pleasant surprise to be reminded of the other possibilities, although I can do without the religious pamphlet.
…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. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, intransitive & transitive 2a||Noun 3, 4|
Rough path or minor road
Prepared course or circuit
Mark or line of marks left by a person, animal, or vehicle in passing
[Figurative] Course of action, a way of proceeding
Continuous line of rails on a railroad
Metal or plastic strip or rail from which a curtain or spotlight may be hung or fitted
Continuous articulated metal band around the wheels of a heavy vehicle
[Electronics] Continuous line of copper or other conductive material
[Nautical] Strip on the mast, boom, or deck of a yacht along which a slide attached to a sail can be moved, used to adjust the position of the sail
Section of a record, CD, cassette containing one song or piece of music
Soundtrack of a film or video
Transverse distance between a vehicle’s wheels
Group in which schoolchildren of the same age and ability are taught
Move in relation to the subject being filmed
Leave a trail of dirty footprints on a surface
Leave a trail of dirt, debris, or snow from one’s feet
Wheels run so that the back ones are exactly in the print of the front ones
[Electronics] Of a tunable circuit or component vary in frequency in the same way as another circuit or component
Assign a student to a course of study according to ability
[Figurative] Follow and note the course or progress of something
Tow a boat along a waterway from the bank 2a
An area of indefinite extent, typically large
[Poetic/literary] Indefinitely large extent of something
Major passage in the body, a large bundle of nerve fibers, or other continuous elongated anatomical structure or region
Short treatise in pamphlet form, typically on a religious subject
We’ll follow the track into the woods.
We’re going to the race track.
He followed the tracks made by the wheels in the snow.
Defense budgeting and procurement do not move along different tracks from defense policy as a whole.
Use a curtain track to hang the beads.
Tanks use tracks to get over rough ground.
The CD has twelve tracks.
Little Mary tracked in mud from playing outside.
He tracked Anna to her room.
National parks are large tracts of natural forest.
Your mouth is the beginning of your digestive tract.
Noun: trackability, tracker
Verb: multitrack, retrack
|History of the Word:|
|Late 15th century in the sense of trail, marks left behind.||Late Middle English
From the Latin tractus meaning drawing, dragging from trahere which means draw, pull.
Early 19th century – specifically a religious work
The current sense dates from the early 19th century.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?