Revised as of 13 October 2017
Who would’ve thunk this heteronymic Word Confusion pair could even be a confusion!? I guess if one is wooden-headed…
You may also want to take a look at “Might’a not be a Could’a, Would’a, Should’a” to learn how not to contract would.
…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: wood|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1, 2; Noun 1; Verb 1, intransitive & transitive||Past tense of will
Made of wood 1
Used to store, work, or carry wood
Dwelling or growing in woods
[Archaic] Wild, as with rage or excitement 2
[Also woods; used with a singular or plural verb] An area of land, smaller than a forest, that is covered with growing trees
[Music] A woodwind instrument
The cask, barrel, or keg, as distinguished from the bottle
[Tennis, squash, badminton] The frame of a racket
One of the biased wooden bowls used in the game of bowls
[Slang] An erect penis
To supply with wood
|Expressing inevitable events
Expressing a request
Expressing facts about ability or capacity
Expressing habitual behavior
Expressing probability or expectation about something in the present
I just bought some wood chisels.
Sparrows, nuthatches, and titmouses are all wood birds.
A wooden gunstock has a nicer feel than the plastic ones.
It was a large table made of dark, polished wood.
Only the best quality woods were used for joinery.
She had a wood cross hung over her bed.
Helen usually uses her one wood to tee off.
A well-hit fairway wood shot feels solid.
She hit a wood off the tee.
A thick hedge divided the wood from the field.
Jane and George took a long walk in the woods.
It had been well-aged in the wood.
We’re not out of the woods yet.
He hit a winning shot off the wood.
Everything is going well, knock on wood.
In Burwash, I learned to play bowls, using woods which we rolled at the jack.
Man, she gave me total wood.
“The northern cove is the most commodious for wooding and watering.” – Robert Kerr, A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14
“The lanterns on shore began to move boatward as the last of the wooding was finished and the fuel boxes again were full.” – Clarence E. Mulford, Bring Me His Ears
|You would regret it when you are older.
Come what may, I would succeed.
Accidents would happen.
Would you stop here, please.
Would you like a cognac?
It was a rock so light that it would float on water.
Your tank would hold about 26 gallons.
She would dance for hours.
He would keep on intruding.
They would be miles away by now.
|Adjective: wooded, wooden, woodier, woodiest, woodless, woodsier, woodsiest
Noun: deadwood, driftwood, firewood, heartwood, peckerwood, plywood, sapwood, woodbine, woodblock, woodburner, woodcarving, woodchat, woodchip, woodchop, woodchuck, woodcock, woodcraft, woodcut, woodcutter, woodenness, woodgrain, woodie, woodiness, woodland, woodlander, woodlark, woodlice, woodlouse, woodlessness, woodman, woodnote, woodnymph, woodpecker, woodpigeon, woodpile, woodruff, woodrush, woodsia, woodsman, woodstove, woodsy, woodwind, woodworking, woody
Verb: wouldest, wouldn’t, wouldst
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English wudu, from a Germanic word related to the Welsh gwŷdd meaning trees.||Old English wolde, past tense of wyllan.|
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!