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!
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1; Verb, transitive 2||Adjective 3; Noun 3 and 4
Plural for noun: gilts
|Noun; Verb, transitive|
|to cover in gold
To unnecessarily adorn something already beautiful
To give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
[Archaic] To smear with blood
To make appear drunk
Covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint
[Finance] A security issued by the Bank of England
A young sow at, or nearing, the first year of breeding 4
The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime
Conduct involving the commission of such crimes, wrongs, etc.
Make someone feel guilty, especially in order to induce them to do something
The universities at Bologna, Oxford, and Paris evolved from a gild of students or masters.
In the Middle Ages, craftsmen gathered together into gilds to protect their secrets.
They gild the facts until the truth all but vanishes.
In 1436, he gilded and painted statues for Bruges Town Hall.
He fetched out a couple of cigars, everlasting big ones, with gilt bands on them.
It is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt.
He remembered with sudden guilt the letter from his mother that he had not yet read.
Did Johnny admit to his guilt?
I have such guilt about some of the things I did as a child.
Paul has lived a life of guilt.
He guilted me into picking up the tab.
Celeste had been guilted into going by her parents.
|Adjective: gildable, gilding
Noun: gilder, gilding, gildsman
|Adjective: gilt-edged, giltwood
|Adjective: guilt-free, guilt-ridden, guiltless, guilty, guiltier, guiltiest
Adverb: guilt-free, guiltily, guiltlessly
Noun: guilt-trip, guiltiness, guiltlessness, nonguilt, preguilt
Verb: guilt trip, guilt-tripped, guilt-tripping
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Old English and probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch gilde and is of Germanic origin.||3 Middle English is an archaic past participle of gild.||Old English gylt is of unknown 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!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Edie Campbell in ‘Gilt Trip’ by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2014” is courtesy of FashionCOW in a photography layout on the beauty of Burma.