Revised as of 18 February 2018
You can “mock about with all the settings”, but if all you’re gonna do is make fun of it, I don’t think you’re gonna get very far.
Now… if you “muck about with it”, I think you have a much better chance of making it work.
If you can do it at Mach speed, that’d really be good, lol.
NOTE: The first two Word Confusions — Mach and mock are heterographs.
…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: mock and muck|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: Mach
A.k.a., Mach number
|Adjective; Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun; Verb, transitive|
|The ratio of the speed of a body to the speed of sound in the surrounding medium. It is often used with a numeral, etc., to indicate the speed of sound, twice the speed of sound, etc.||Adjective:
[Attrib.] Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive
A contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech
[Shipbuilding] A hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing
[Journalism; printing; of a newspaper, magazine, etc.] To go to press
[Often followed by at] To behave with scorn or contempt (towards)
To attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision
To mimic, imitate, or counterfeit
To deceive, delude, or disappoint
Dirt, rubbish, filth, slime, or waste matter
A highly organic, dark or black soil, less than 50 percent combustible, often used as a manure
Defamatory or sullying remarks
A state of chaos or confusion
[Chiefly British; informal] Something of no value
[Chiefly British; muck out] Remove manure and other dirt from a horse’s stable or other animal’s dwelling
[Rare] Spread manure on land
[Chiefly British; informal] Behave in a silly or aimless way, especially by wasting time when serious activity is expected
|“Mach 1 is equal to the speed of sound. Mach 0.65 is 65% of the speed of sound (subsonic), and Mach 1.35 is 35% faster than the speed of sound (supersonic)”.
“As the Mach number is a dimensionless quantity rather than a unit of measure, with Mach, the number comes after the unit.”
” In the decade preceding faster-than-sound human flight, aeronautical engineers referred to the speed of sound as Mach’s number, never “Mach 1.”
“She said it was a mock-Georgian red brick house,” George replied, as he peered out into the dark.
Jim threw up his hands in mock horror.
Dukakis will have a mock debate with Barnett.
She made mock of his attempts to interest her.
The agency can create a 3-d mock up, so you have a better idea.
At Christmas, arguments and friction mock our pretense of peace.
His actions mock convention.
I’ll just clean the muck off the windshield.
Paul can’t believe the muck that passes for music in the pop charts.
Janey made such a muck of things.
“Get this muck out of here,” he shouted.
They did not want designers mucking about with their newspapers.
“Jack, can you muck out the stables next?”
Geez, what more can he much up?
Paul was mucking about with the printer, trying to get it to work.
|Abbreviation: M., Ma.
Adjective: mock-heroic, mock-turtle, mockable, mocker, mocking, self-mocking, unmocked
Noun: mock-heroic, mock-heroics, mock-up, mocker, mockery, mockingbird, mocktail, mockumentarian, mockumentary, mockup
|Adjective: mucky, muckier, muckiest
Noun: muckety-muck, muck-a-muck, muck-spreading, muck-up, mucky-muck, mucker, muckiness, muckraking, muckraker
muck around with
|History of the Word:|
|1937, named for the Austrian physicist and philosopher of science, Ernst Mach, who did important work on aerodynamics and laid its foundations.||Late Middle English from the Old French mocquer meaning deride.||Middle English muk, is probably of Scandinavian origin. Compare with Old Norse myki meaning dung from a Germanic base meaning soft.|
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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