Well, it’s pretty obvious that ail and ale are heterographs. But don’t let that ail you. Have an ale. Kick back. Heck, have another ale, but not so many that you end up ailing in the morning.
…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:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Plural for noun: ales
|[North American] A type of beer that’s darker with a bitter flavor and higher alcoholic content
He’s got the winter ails.
Half of the staff is out sick with the usual wintertime ails
She ails still.
The government seems to have no understanding of what ails the country.
“O, what can ail thee, knight at arms, So haggard and so woe-begone?” – Edgar Lee Masters, Mitch Miller
|The pub has a nice variety of amber-colored beers, ales, and stouts.
Ale is a type of beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste.
Theakston’s Old Peculier is a favorite of the characters in Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury series.
Ginger ale is a whole ‘nother thing.
I could really go for a steak and mushroom pie with ale.
|History of the Word:|
|Old English eglian, eglan, is from egle meaning troublesome, and is of Germanic origin; related to the Gothic agls meaning disgraceful.||Old English alu or ealu is of Germanic origin and related to the Old Norse
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!