Revised as of 11 October 2017
This heterographic pair certainly applies to my mathematical abilities — some of my sums just don’t make sense…sigh…
Then again, some part of me can be brilliant. Just not sums.
You may want to explore the post, “Some Time vs Sometime vs Sometimes” as well.
…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: some and sum|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Adverb 1; Combined Form 2; Determiner 1; Pronoun 1; Suffix 3, 4||Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
Being an undetermined or unspecified one
[Used with plural nouns] Certain
Of a certain unspecified number, amount, degree, etc.
Unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.
[Informal] Of impressive or remarkable quality, consequence, extent, etc.
Denoting a portion of a body, especially a particle of a cell
Used to refer to someone or something that is unknown or unspecified
[Used with a number] Approximately
A considerable amount or number of
At least a small amount or number of
Expressing admiration of something notable
At least a small amount or number of people or things
[Forming nouns] Denoting a group of a specified number 3
A particular amount of money
[The sum of] The total amount resulting from the addition of two or more numbers, amounts, or items
An arithmetical problem, especially at an elementary level
To ascertain the sum of, as by addition
To bring into or contain in a small compass (often followed by up)
Some person may object.
Some days I just want to stay home.
I can understand your point to some extent.
We talked for some time. He was here some weeks.
That was some storm.
Well, that sounds quite adventuresome…
Oh, don’t be so bothersome.
Geez, this thing is cumbersome. Next time you have to move, call someone else.
He played some records for me.
She married some newspaper magnate twice her age.
There must be some mistake.
He’s in some kind of trouble.
There are some thirty different languages spoken here at the conference.
He went to some trouble.
I’ve known you for some years now.
He liked some music but generally wasn’t musical.
Wow, that was some goal!
Mr. Power gave his stock reply: “Some help.”
If you want whiskey, I’ll give you some.
Surely some have noticed?
Dolly is so wholesome looking.
They are such a tiresome couple.
We can make up a foursome for bridge.
Threesomes can get pretty kinky.
They could not afford such a sum.
The sum of two prime numbers.
If that’s the sum of his own knowledge, we’re in trouble.
And what is the sum of 2 + 2?
It was the sum total of his existence.
This interpretation does little, in sum, to add to our understanding.
The books he read were chiefly historical, and on these he spent a certain sum every year (Your Dictionary.com).
George summed him up in a second.
Jenny, you’ll sum up our case for the prosecution.
Verb, transitive: outsum outsummed, outsumming
|sum someone up
sum something up
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English sum is of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by the Greek hamōs meaning somehow and the Sanskrit sama meaning any, every.
2 The combined form is from the Greek sōma meaning body.
3 Old English -sum.
4 Old English sum meaning some.
|Middle English, via Old French from the Latin summa meaning main part or sum total, the feminine of summus meaning highest.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?