Month: May 2017

Word Confusion: Gild vs Gilt vs Guilt

Word Confusion: Gild vs Gilt vs Guilt

Revised as of 1 September 2017 No one should have a problem with gild/gilt versus guilt — a trio of heterographs, HOWEVER, the difference between gild and gilt is very fine. Both words relate to making something/one more “beautiful”, but to gild is the action that results in the gilt. And yes, there are instances in which one can be the other, relying primarily on the historical time period. You’re probably safe in any confusing with gild and gilt, but don’t make the mistake I ran across when the “the gilt of the man was too obvious to see”, ’cause I know the author wasn’t talkin’ about the James Bond scene in which the girl is covered in gold paint! Word Confusions… …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. If you found this post on “Gild vs Gilt vs Guilt” interesting, consider tweeting it to your friends. Subscribe to […]