There’s a huge difference between taper and tapir. For one thing, the latter is alive — even if the tapir does have a tapering snout — while the former is not alive. Oh, I grant you, the flame may be lively and dance, but it still ain’t alive.
…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.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; National Geographic|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun
A slender candle
A gradual narrowing
Gradual decrease of force, capacity, etc.
Anything having a tapering form, such as a spire or obelisk
A person who records or edits magnetic tape, videotape, etc.
|A nocturnal hoofed mammal with a stout body, sturdy limbs, and a short flexible proboscis, native to the forests of tropical America and Malaysia|
She lit the tapers with a slender matchstick.
A flat wick is commonly used in tapers.
We have to apply the current industry standard taper of 5 degrees.
The marathon taper can be an incredibly challenging phase during a training plan.
The impact of the dollar’s depreciation started to taper off.
The leaf tapers at the tip.
The storm is beginning to taper off.
Cigarette pants taper in tightly at the ankle.
|Tapirs look something like pigs with trunks, but they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses.
Tapirs have a short prehensile (gripping) trunk, which is really an extended nose and upper lip.
There are four tapir species.
The woolly tapir lives in the Andes and is the smallest of the four.
|Adjective: untapered, untapering
|History of the Word:|
|Old English denoting any wax candle. Its dissimilated form by switching from p- to t- from the Latin papyrus, for the pith which was used for candle wicks.||Late 18th century, via Spanish and Portuguese from Tupi tapyra.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?