This word confusion does drive me mad. An author will write about a character wearing Capri, and I start to wonder how fat that character is. Or maybe, s/he is wearing a map of Capri! Yeah, that must be it. Or, no, wait, the character spilled wine all over himself… Yeah, that’s it. I sure hope it was the white Capri and not the red. You know how that red wine can stain.
So pay attention: Capri is an island (that I’ll never be able to afford to visit) while capris are a type of trouser. Please do note the lowercase of the pant style as it is not a proper noun. The lowercase also applies to the potato variety.
…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, proper||Noun, plural
Alternative phrase: capri pants
NOTE: This is NOT a proper noun, which means it is not capitalized unless it starts the sentence.
|An island and village off the western coast of Italy, south of Naples 1
Wine produced on the island of Capri 2
|Close-fitting, calf-length, tapered trousers, usually worn by women and girls
Cultivated variety of potato
|Capri has been a resort since Roman times.
The Bianco Capri is a 50–100% blend from falanghina and greco grapes and sometimes up to 20% of biancolella.
|An iconic image of Audrey Hepburn is of her in capris.
There are 200 calories in a capri potato.
Sonja de Lennart, a European fashion designer, introduced capris in 1948.
Capris are mid-calf pants that closely fit the leg.
|History of the Word:|
|1 The name of the island is of unknown origin. Suggestions include the Latin capra meaning she-goat, the Greek kapros meaning boar, or the Etruscan capra meaning burial place.||First known use: 1950s with origin in the U.S. and named after the island.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?