It’s a wonder, I’m thinking, as I wander down this path of wander versus wonder, how easy it is to confuse an a for an o and end up with a misspelled word.
…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: wander, wonder|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun 1;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
An act or instance of wandering
[Mechanics] The drift of a gyroscope or a similar device
To extend in an irregular course or direction
To move, pass, or turn idly, as the hand or the eyes
[Of the mind, thoughts, desires, etc.] To take one direction or another without conscious intent or control
To stray from a path, place, companions, etc.
Go deviate in conduct, belief, etc.
A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable
Feel admiration and amazement
To feel wonder at
She’d go on wanders like that in her nightgown.
Please don’t wander off again.
His attention had wandered from the lecture.
The car wandered from side to side, leaving me wonder if the driver was drunk.
Helen didn’t know how to tell her sister that her husband wandered.
The foothills wandered off to the south.
Let me not wander from Thy Commandments.
During the storm the ship wandered from its course.
Derrick wandered down the path.
Stevie had a wandering eye, in more ways than one.
He had stood in front of it, observing the intricacy of the ironwork with the wonder of a child.
Athens was a place of wonder and beauty.
The electric trolley car was looked upon as the wonder of the age.
Penicillin was and still is a wonder drug.
It is a wonder that losses were not much greater.
I can’t help wondering how Stasia and Katie are feeling.
I wonder whether you have thought more about it?
Patsy had wondered about such a marriage.
People stood by and wondered at such bravery.
I looked up at the Eiffel Tower with a wondering look on my face.
If I feel compassion for her, it is not to be wondered at.
I wonder that you went.
|Noun: wanderer, wanderings, Wanderjahr, wanderlust
Verb, transitive: outwander
|History of the Word:|
|Old English wandrian is related to wend and wind.||Old English wundor 1, wundrian 2, is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch wonder and German Wunder. It is of unknown ultimate origin.|
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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