Revised as of 12 October 2017
Another easy word confusion, which begs the question: how does anyone screw this one up? If you’ve been relying upon spellcheck, that’s one answer. Spellcheck only verifies that a word is spelled correctly, not if it’s contextually correct. The other answers are either a mistype or not knowing the difference. This last is why I do the word confusions…*grin…
Verses is poetry turned into a music whether it be set to musical notes and sung or merely spoken or read.
Versus is much more adversarial. It’s us versus them, dog versus cat, classical versus hip hop, terrorist versus the rest of us… And no, that is not a judgment.
As for vs., it’s an abbreviation of versus.
…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; The Free Dictionary.com: verse; AZ Dictionary: versify|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Noun 1; Verb, intransitive & transitive 1||Preposition||Abbreviation for versus
Of, relating to, or written in verse
[Literary] Poesy (yes, it’s a real word)
To versify or engage in versifying
To familiarize by study or experience
[Slang] To play against (an opponent) in a competition
|Against, facing, confronting (especially in sports and legal use)
As opposed to, in contrast with
He has a thing for verse plays.
He’d composed a sweet ballad of verses to woo his bride.
It was a lament in verse.
Oh, not another verse drama.
The second verse was worst than than the first.
She also inspires poets to versify pointless incidents from their everyday lives.
A litany of lies he will versify with reverences for God and the flag and democracy, when just what he and his party are doing to our democracy is choking the life out of it.
He gonna verse me in Mario Brothers.
It’s Boston verse Chicago.
|It’s an examination of self-interest versus self-sacrifice.
It’s a tricky decision, deciding when to use up on versus upon in a sentence.
|man vs. wild
book vs. television
pen vs. computer
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran
[Legal cases] Roe v. Wade
|Combined Form: -verse
Noun : underverse, verselet
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English fers, from the Latin versus meaning a turn of the plow, a furrow, a line of writing, from vertere meaning to turn; reinforced in Middle English by the Old French vers, also from the Latin versus.||Late Middle English from a medieval Latin use of the Latin versus meaning toward.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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A contrast of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey with the Bible.