Revised as of 22 August 2017
The sentence which inspired this word confusion, coy versus koi, was “the gleaming scales of gold and silver coy sparkled as they swam beneath the surface”. I had to read it several times before, duh, I realized the author meant koi. Fish. Not that someone was being flirtatious or shy or that the author forgot to include a noun.
…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:|
|A common carp of a large ornamental variety, originally bred in Japan|
He is coy about his age.
In colder climates, koi hibernate in the winter.
Koi come in a variety of colors and sizes.
|Comparative Adjective: coyer, coyest
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French coi or quei, from the Latin quietus. The original sense was quiet or still (especially in behavior). A later meaning was modestly retiring, and hence (of a woman), meaning affecting to be unresponsive to advances.||Early 18th century from the Japanese, carp.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?