Y’all’ll love this one! It means the same thing, so the only caution possible is that you stay consistent in which one you use in your story or report.
…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; Merriam-Webster: inquiry; Cambridge Dictionary: inquiry|
|Part of Grammar:|
Another term for inquiry
Another term for enquiry
|A British preference for the same thing.||An act of asking for information
Examination into facts or principles
|She refused to answer enquiries from the media about her marriage.
The board ordered an enquiry to determine whether the rules had been followed.
Discovered when Galileo Galilei turned the first astronomical telescope to the heavens in 1610, the Jovian system has been a focus of scientific inquiry ever since. – Chad Galts, Brown Alumni Monthly, November 1996
There will be a judicial enquiry into the matter.
Citizens have demanded a full enquiry into the government’s handling of the epidemic.
|The deluge of phone inquiries after a crash were overwhelming the switchboard.
They were following a definite line of inquiry.
Further inquiry showed that he had visited the city twice before.
The police are pursuing a new line of inquiry.
I’ve been making inquiries into the cost of a round-the-world ticket.
Inquiry into the matter is pointless — no one will tell you anything.
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English enquere, from the Old French enquerre, is based on the Latin inquirere, which is based on quaerere meaning seek.||Middle English enquere (later inquere) is from the Old French enquerre, from a variant of the Latin inquirere, which is based on quaerere meaning seek. The spelling with in- was influenced by Latin and dates from the 15th century.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?