Word Confusion: Brews versus Bruise

Posted July 2, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

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!

Word Confusions…

…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.

Brews Bruise
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com

A front row of five microbrew bottles

“Beer” by phooleo is under the CC BY 2.0 license, via VisualHunt.

A nice looking selection of brews.

A bruise post-surgery

“Post-Gallbladder Surgery Bruise” is Rosetheboston’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.

Part of Grammar:
Third person present verb and plural for the Noun: brew 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 1, 2

Past tense or past participle: brewed
Gerund or Present participle: brewing

Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: bruises
Past tense or past participle: bruised
Gerund or Present participle: bruising

A kind of beer

  • [Informal] A serving 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

Verb, intransitive:
To brew beer or ale

To be in the process of forming

Verb, transitive:
To prepare (as beer or ale) by steeping, boiling, and fermentation or by infusion and fermentation

To bring about

  • Contrive

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

  • An area of damage on a fruit, vegetable, or plant

Verb, intransitive:
Be susceptible to bruising

  • Crush or pound something

Verb, transitive:
Inflict an injury on someone or something causing discoloration of the skin

  • Hurt someone’s feelings
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.

Verb, intransitive:
There’s a bad storm brewing out there.

Guinness is brewed in over 49 countries.

Verb, transitive:
Yer ma is brewin’ up the tea now.
I’m brewing up a batch of my October ale.

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?

Verb, intransitive:
Potatoes bruise easily, so treat them with care.

Bruise the raisins before adding to the mixture.

I bruise easily.

Verb, transitive:
He hit with enough force to bruise her badly.

She tried to bolster her bruised pride.

Adjective: microbrewed
Noun: brewer, microbrew, microbrewer, microbrewery
Verb: brew, microbrew
Adjective: bruised
Noun: bruiser
History of the Word:
1 First known use: 1510

2 First known use: before 12th century

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.

Return to top

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.

Kathy's signature