No. This simply does not work for me “helping to work the wenches”. At least not in the context of this steampunk story. I suppose, considering the primary definition for wench, that one could well “work the wenches”, so keep that in mind. However, if you’re hauling something up…hmmm, I suppose you could haul up a wench too??? But in the general scheme of things, winches haul, wenches may haul ass to get away, and wrenches tend to haul on a stubborn bolt.
…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; Verb, intransitive||Noun 1; Verb, transitive 2||Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
[Archaic, humorous] A girl or young woman, especially a peasant
A hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope, cable, or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or by motor or other power source
The crank of a wheel or axle
[Usually singular] A sudden violent twist or pull
A feeling of sadness or distress caused by one’s own or another’s departure
A tool used for gripping and turning nuts, bolts, pipes, etc.
[Mechanics] A combination of a couple with a force along its axis
We talked Maggie into a sexy French maid costume; it’ll help her get in touch with her inner wench, lol.
The story of Cinderella is a fairytale that could be about a lowly kitchen wench being transformed into an elegant lady.
It feels so demeaning when my boyfriend calls me wench!
He was enamored of the wench.
He goes a’wenching every night.
Get that winch working if we’re to haul that anchor up.
The winch is jammed.
Wrap that cable around the winch.
The crew winched up the anchor.
Gregor was glad enough to winch the bales up into the hayloft as the day came to an end.
With a wrench, Tony wriggled free.
It will be a real wrench to leave after eight years.
It was a practical buy, getting that SAE and metric wrench set.
He’ll need a wrench to loosen up that pipe.
That sure put a monkey wrench in the works.
I tried to wrench free from his grip.
She wrenched herself free of his grip.
She slipped and wrenched her ankle.
She wrenched the toy from his grasp.
It took some doing, but he wrenched it free.
It is a lie to wrench our Bible to make it fit a misconception of facts.
|Noun: wencher||Noun: wincher||Adverb: wrenchingly|
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English as an abbreviation of the obsolete wenchel meaning child, servant, or prostitute. It is perhaps related to the Old English wancol meaning unsteady or inconstant.||1 First known use was before the 12th century, late Old English from wince meaning reel, roller, or pulley and is of Germanic origin and related to the verb wink.||Late Old English wrencan meaning twist is of unknown origin.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?