Revised as of 13 October 2017
Yeahhh, no. I do realize that archaic or obsolete spellings can be interesting, but the closest weald and wield come is one has an a and the other has an i. Otherwise, noun versus verb?? Woods versus “weapon”?? It’s a no-brainer.
The only real difference between the intransitive and transitive verb form of wield is strictly based on if the verb is directly or indirectly affecting an object.
…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; Dictionary.com: weald and wield; The Weald|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|A formerly wooded district of southeastern England situated between the parallel chalk escarpments of the North and the South Downs that included parts of Kent, Surrey, and East Sussex and is now an agricultural region
Wooded or uncultivated country
To exercise power, authority, influence, etc., as in ruling or dominating
To use a weapon, instrument, etc. effectively
[Archaic] To guide or direct
[Archaic] To govern
To exert or maintain power or authority
[Obsolete] To rule
The Weald, to the Saxons of AD 900, was part of Andredesweald (the forest of Andred and the Roman fort at Pevensey), that stretched from the marshes of Kent to the New Forest in Hampshire.
The Weald encompasses the Lancaster Great Park formed in 1372 and renamed as the Ashdown Forest in 1672.
The High Weald stretches north from Tonbridge, southeast to Rye (south towards Hastings), and to Horsham on the west.
“It is said, that within the Weald the proof of wood lands having ever paid tithe lies on the parson, to entitle him to take tithe of it, contrary to the usual custom in other places, where the proof of the exemption lies on the owner” (British History Online).
North Weald Bassett is a village near Epping Forest.
Jenkinson has the veto power, however much power Dantirya Sambail may wield.
He wields his authority with ease.
She wielded an iron rod in the schoolroom.
She wielded the fire hose with all the skill she had acquired.
|Adjective: wealden||Adjective: wieldable, unwieldable
|History of the Word:|
|Old English in a variant of wald meaning forest, which evolved into the Middle English weeld; cognate with German Wald.||Before 900, the Old English wieldan meaning to control is a derivative of wealdan meaning to rule; cognate with the German walten, the Old Norse valda, and the Gothic waldan and in Middle English, welden. And akin to the Latin valēre meaning to be strong, prevail.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?