Revised as of 18 February 2018
I may idle about, and I may long for a moment to idle in my version of an idyll, but I’m not about to worship an idle. How does one worship a verb or adjective?
Unfortunately, I’m not an idol either. Sigh…I always wanted to be a goddess…*grin*…that or laze away the afternoon in a hammock, a glass of lemonade by my side, and a good book. That would be an idyll…sigh…
…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: idyll|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun
Plural for noun: idols
Plural for noun: idylls
[Especially of a machine or factory] Not active or in use
Without purpose or effect
|An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship
||An extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one
Material suitable for such a work
An episode or scene of idyllic charm
A brief or inconsequential romantic affair
[Music] A composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character
There are assembly lines standing idle for lack of spare parts.
He’s an idler.
At no time in the day must there be an idle moment.
Uncle Henry hates for his money to lie idle.
He did not want to waste valuable time in idle chatter.
I knew Ellen did not make idle threats.
Cal idled past MetroHealth at a stately pace.
The car is noisily idling in the street.
He will close the newspaper, idling 2,200 workers.
|It’s in the first commandment that demands that you not worship false idols.
Robert Redford is one of her movie idols.
ABC’s American Idol auditions to take place in 19 cities across America.
Many religions use idols as part of their beliefs.
|The rural idyll remains strongly evocative in most industrialized societies.
It was a brief idyll between the two before they came to their senses.
“The Rambagh seems to effortlessly have the sense of a refuge and idyll that luxury hotels the world over try so hard to conjure.” – “Living Like a Maharajah“, Daily Beast Promotions, 21 January 2010
Theocritus wrote short pastoral poems, The Idylls.
Various poets wrote of idylls, including Siegfried Sassoon; English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and, Nietzsche.
The concept of Arcadia with its “noble savage” is a pastoral idyll.
|Adjective: idler, idlest||Adjective: idol-worshipping, idolatrous
Noun: idolater, idolatry, idolatries, idolization, idolizer
|idle something away|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English īdel meaning empty, useless and related to the Dutch ijdel meaning vain, frivolous, or useless and the German eitel meaning bare, worthless.||Middle English from the Old French idole, which is from Latin idolum meaning image or form (used in the ecclesiastical Latin sense of idol), from the Greek eidōlon, from eidos meaning form or shape.||Late 16th century (in the Latin form), from the Latin idyllium, which is from the Greek eidullion, a diminutive of eidos meaning form, picture.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?