I have a hard time imagining a wonton woman. I don’t really understand why someone would want to fuss with a wonton wrapper to make it look like a woman. It certainly didn’t fit the context of what I was reading. I suppose the writer may have meant a woman who makes wontons. Or maybe that was her title in the kitchen…? Nah… No, wait. It’s a costume…yeah, that’s it.
It’s much more common to use the simple form of wanton to indicate a loose, licentious woman of low morals.
As for using wanton as a verb… This was a first for me. And it certainly sounds and feels awkward!
…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: wanton|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun
Plural for the noun: wontons, won tons
Alternative spelling: won ton
[Of a cruel or violent action] Deliberate and unprovoked
Without regard for what is right, just, humane, etc.
[Especially of a woman] Sexually immodest, promiscuous, lawless, or unrestrained
Dissolute, licentious, or immoral
Extravagantly or excessively luxurious, as a person, manner of living, or style
[Archaic or literary] Play
[Archaic or literary] Frolic
|[In Chinese cooking] A small dumpling or roll with a savory filling, often of minced pork, usually eaten boiled in soup|
It was sheer wanton vandalism.
‘Tis where the wanton ivy twines that thous shalt find thy love.
There was a wanton fawn in the backyard.
A wanton brook burbled happily down the slight incline.
a wanton attack
Why jeopardize your career in such a wanton way?
Many terrorists are wanton attackers of religious convictions.
“She exhibits such wanton behavior,” Miss Eliza whispered.
|I love wonton soup.
Don’t forget to order those fried won tons that I like.
Wontons make a good appetizer.
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English wantowen meaning rebellious, lacking discipline, from wan- (badly) + Old English togen (trained).||From Chinese, a Cantonese dialect: wān tān|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?