Revised as of 11 October 2017
I was surprised myself, right down to my soul. In fact, I paced the soles of my shoes right off, striding back and forth in total confusion when this writer wrote of “Janet pacing her souls off” *eye roll*
Seeing as the story was a contemporary romance without any whiff of fantasy or the paranormal, I have to assume this writer meant soles. I don’t know if they were merely ignorant and sans editor or if they had relied upon spellcheck to do the work.
…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:|
|Attributive Adjective 1; Noun 2 and 3; Verb, transitive 2||Noun
Plural for the noun: souls
One and only
A marine flatfish of almost worldwide distribution, important as a food fish 3
Put a new sole onto (a shoe)
|The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal
The essence or embodiment of a specified quality
African-American culture or ethnic pride
My sole aim was to contribute to the national team.
Loans can be in sole or joint names.
The health club is for the sole use of our guests.
He is the sole heir.
I prefer rubber soles for the traction.
Ouch, I stepped on a piece of glass and cut the sole of my foot!
The width of the sole in your irons can make a big difference in the performance of your clubs and your ability to get the most out of your game (Chron).
We must reinforce the soles on the rudder.
My very first dinner in England was Dover sole with carrots and peas.
|In the depths of her soul, she knew he would betray her.
Their interpretation lacked soul.
He was the soul of discretion.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
I’ll never tell a soul.
She’s a nice old soul.
Helena bared her soul.
Carrie is always the life and soul of the party.
That one would sell his soul to the devil.
Tom is a lost soul.
Well, upon my soul!
Soul music combines the elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
|Adjective: soled, soleless
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English from Old French soule, from the Latin sola, which is the feminine of solus meaning alone.
3 Middle English from the Old French, which is from the Provençal sola, from Latin solea (see 1), named from its shape.
|Old English sāwol and sāw(e)l are of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch ziel and the German Seele.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?