Revised as of 26 August 2017
I ran into a Word Confusion of yew versus you, and I suspect the problem was that the author meant ye…and that the spell-check decided ye was incomplete and grew it a bit. Oh, well.
Then I read a story that involved sheep, and I was struck by the similar pronunciation, so ewe got thrown in. So next time ewe get in too deep, pull the dang sheep out of the muck. Use a yew branch if you must…
…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; Dictionary.com: you|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 2; Noun 1; Proper noun 2||Noun
Also yew tree
|Noun; Pronoun, second person singular or plural|
Relating to the Ewe or their language
The Kwa language of the Ewe 2
|The Latin name is Taxus baccata
A coniferous tree that has red berrylike fruits, and most parts of which are highly poisonous
Something or someone closely identified with or resembling the person addressed
A person or thing that the speaker cannot or does not want to specify
Refers to any person in general
[Archaic; Dialect] Thou (its plural form is ye and is the singular subject of a verb)
[Archaic; Dialect] Thee (functions as the singular object of a verb or preposition)
[Dialectical] Yourself, yourselves
Ewe kente cloth is achieving a reputation.
Keep stress to a minimum for a nursing ewe.
Drumming is the principal instrument for the Ewe.
|In S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse science fiction/apocalyptic series, yew is highly prized for making bows.
The ability of yews to regenerate from almost nothing has given it a reputation for resurrection. It’s probably why yews were popular around churchyards!
Yew trees can grow to an immense size and an incredible age, up to 5,000 years or more.
The timber is used in cabinetmaking.
Try to discover the hidden you.
That red shirt just isn’t you.
It was like seeing another you.
Are you listening?
I hate you.
You know better, the culprit is among you.
All you Americans are alike.
You know what they say, you can’t take it with you.
Hey buddy, you name it, just name it.
You know something. Spill it.
After a while, you get used to it.
We beseech thee, O Lord
O’, thou great and wondrous spirit…
Oh, he acts all holier-than-thou.
You should get you a wife.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English eowu is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch ooi and the German Aue.||Old English īw and ēow are of Germanic origin.||Old English ēow is both accusative and dative of gē and is related to Dutch u and German euch. During the 14th century you began to replace ye, thou, and thee.
By the 17th century, it had become the ordinary second person pronoun for any number and case.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
Graveyard Yew Tree at South-east at Church of St Mary, High Easter, Essex, England, is Acabashi’s own work under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, Marine Parade Garden, Napier is QFSE Media‘s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 nz license, and Romney Ewe with Triplet Lambs in New Zealand by Pam (Flickr: Triplet lambs) is under the CC BY 2.0 license. All three are via Wikimedia Commons.