Revised as of 13 October 2017
The only time I expect to run across a minty mince is when I’m eating ground lamb anything in a Greek restaurant. And while I may read about someone eating mince in a British story, I do not expect to be eating mince in an American-based story. Maybe minced garlic or minced mints or minced onions…but an American character in a story is gonna be eatin’ hamburger.
This Word Confusion pair is an heterograph.
…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: mint|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Plural for the noun and third person present verb for mint
Adjective 1; Noun 1 and 2;
Verb 1, intransitive & transitive
Something minced, especially mincemeat
[Informal] Nonsensical rubbish
[Archaic] To act or speak with affected elegance
Verb, transitive:[Often as adjective minced] Cut up or grind food, especially meat, into very small pieces, typically in a machine with revolving blades
To soften or moderate, especially for the sake of convention or politeness
To perform or utter with affected elegance
To subdivide minutely, as land or a topic for study
[Of an object] In pristine condition
[Of coins, postage stamps, etc.] Being in its original, unused condition
[British slang] Very good, excellent, impressive
An aromatic plant native to temperate regions of the Old World, several kinds of which are used as culinary herbs 2
A peppermint candy
Minced beef is more commonly known as hamburger in America.
Put the mince on a dish.
Now who’s talking mince?
Mince and tatties are practically a national dish in Scotland.
Tommy came mincing in, a progression quite at odds with the chaps he was wearing.
Verb, transitive:We’ll need to mince up more beef for those hamburgers.
Let’s mince a variety of pork and venison for artisanal sausages.
He’s a gruff surgeon who does not mince words.
First, mince the garlic.
The director minced up the play.
I’m selling a pair of speakers including stands, mint, $160.
This rocker is in mint condition.
It’s pretty obvious they’re a group of newly minted doctors.
There was Dean, looking really mint in his new jacket.
At least the car doesn’t cost a mint.
While similar, Mentha spicata, a.k.a., spearmint, and Mentha piperita, a.k.a., peppermint, have a distinct difference in taste.
I adore peppermint candy canes at Christmas.
The mint family are included with other aromatic herbs such as lavender, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
It’s a fine example of newly minted technology.
Noun: mincemeat, mincer
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the Old French mincier is based on the Latin minutia meaning smallness.||1 Old English mynet meaning coin, is related to the Dutch munt and the German Münze, from the Latin moneta meaning money.
2 Old English minte is related to the German Minze, ultimately via Latin from the Greek minthē.
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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“Cucumber-Mint Yogurt Sauce” by Celia is courtesy of AfterOrangeCounty.com.