Revised as of 16 February 2018
‘Tis the season for brews and bruises — if we ever get more than one day in a row of nice weather! — and I’m content to let the men do as they please with brews and bruises. For the writers among ya, however, I cannot begin to say how confused I was when I read about fighters inflicting brews on each other.
Now, I’ve never known a man who had to be forced to accept a beer. Forced to accept a bruise? Maybe. But it’s not that accepting I’d be!
…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:|
|Third person present verb and plural for the Noun: brew 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 1, 2
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
A kind of beer
A cup or mug of tea or coffee
A mixture of events, people, or things that interact to form a more potent whole
To be in the process of forming
To bring about
To prepare (as tea) by infusion in hot water
An injury appearing as an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels
Have you tried those nonalcoholic brews yet? Some of them aren’t bad.
Let’s grab a few brews.
Ah, now that’s a lovely cup of brew.
It’s a dangerous brew of political turmoil and violent conflict.
Guinness is brewed in over 49 countries.
That Paul! He’s always brewing up trouble.
Let the tea brew for another minute.
Just cut the bruise out of the banana, dear.
These apples are full of bruises. We’ll use them for pies and applesauce.
Who gave you those bruises?
Bruise the raisins before adding to the mixture.
I bruise easily.
She tried to bolster her bruised pride.
Noun: brewer, microbrew, microbrewer, microbrewery
Verb: brew, microbrew
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 1510
Middle English, from Old English brēowan; akin to Latin fervēre meaning to boil.
|Old English brȳsan meaning crush or injure or damage with a blow, reinforced in Middle English by the Old French bruisier meaning break.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
Budvar-mug is Rude’s own work under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 licenses while NCI Visuals Food Beer was photographed by Len Rizzi and is in the public domain. Play Fight by Brocken Inaglory is under the GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 licenses. All three are via Wikimedia Commons.