Revised as of 13 October 2017
Sure, you can always ask which witch when you encounter more than one witch, but it doesn’t mean the two heterographic words can be used interchangeably.
…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: witch|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective, interrogative or relative;
Pronoun, interrogative or relative;
Identifier, nonrestrictive, a.k.a., Determiner
|Adjective; Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|Best to use WHICH for nonrestrictive or nonessential clauses, although it is used for essential clauses too.
CAUTION: Use a comma before which when it’s a nonrestrictive pronoun.
Determiner, aka, Nonrestrictive Identifier or Non-definite Article:
Used with a noun in requesting that its referent be further specified, identified, or distinguished from the other members of a class
Whatever of a class
Used in relative clauses with inanimate antecedents
Interrogative Adjective OR Pronoun:
Relative Adjective OR Pronoun:
Of, relating to, or designed as protection against witches
[Informal, derogatory] An ugly or unpleasant woman
A girl or woman who is bewitchingly attractive
An edible North Atlantic flatfish, Glyptocephalus cynoglossus, that is of some commercial value
[Archaic] To affect as if by witchcraft
Cast an evil spell on
Brrr, it’s colder than a witch’s tit out here!
Elena is a Wiccan and therefore, technically, a witch.
He can marry the old witch for all I care.
That’s the old witch who used to be our neighbor.
She can be a real witch.
A witch flounder can be eaten steamed, fried, microwaved, or baked.
Mrs. Yvonskly had somehow witched the house.
She witched Jake.
The lawnmower, which is in the shed, is broken.
There is only one lawnmower in the shed, so there is no essential need to differentiate.
Your claim ought to succeed, in which case the damages will be substantial.
Substantial damages can be implied if a claim is successful, therefore which is nonessential.
The house, which is old, is in poor repair.
Mary and I went to the movies last night, which got out at ten.
Which way is the wind blowing?
Which house did you want to buy?
Which did you find?
I wondered which apples were cheaper.
Bring which car you want to drive.
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese (Richard Nordquist)?
Which of the suspects murdered her?
I was going to take a class which wasn’t necessary for my degree.
Percy is the horse on which he had ridden.
You may choose which you like.
Choose which of the cars suit you.
|Adjective: witching, witchlike, witchy
Noun: witchhood, witching, witchweed, underwitch
|History of the Word:|
|Old English hwilc, which is from the Germanic bases of who and alike.||Old English wicca (masculine), wicce (feminine), wiccian (verb). The current senses of the verb are probably a shortening of bewitch.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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Ipsita and Deepta by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti and Deepta Roy Chakraverti, Photographer: Pomy Issar (Wiccanbrigade.com), is under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license and The Wizard of Oz Margaret Hamilton 1939 No 1 is in the public domain with both via Wikimedia Commons.