You can take up an oar or haul the ore o’er here. Or you can haul the oar o’er the sides of the boat and take up the ore. But, and you can trust me on this, oar will be a lot more watery while ore is a lot more filthy. Or is that vice versa with this pair in this heterographic quartet? Read on to find out!
The Or of a List
Do note that when using or in a list of singular items, the verb that follows the list must be singular as well. If even one of the list items is a plural, then the following verb must agree with the plural item.
“A sandwich or other snack is included in the price” versus “a sandwich or other snacks are included in the price”.
…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: oar, o’er|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Noun 1, 2
Plural for noun: ORs
Suffix 3, 4, 5, 6
Plural for noun: ores
|Adverb and Preposition:
[Archaic; Poetic; Literary] Contraction for over
A pole with a flat blade, pivoting in an oar lock, used to row or steer a boat through the water
Something resembling a pole with a flat blade or having a similar purpose
To traverse or make one’s way by, or as if by, rowing
[Law] One’s own recognizance
[Official postal use] Oregon
[British Military] other ranks (as opposed to commissioned officers)
Introducing a synonym or explanation of a preceding word or phrase
Otherwise (used to introduce the consequences of something not being done or not being the case)
Introducing an afterthought, usually in the form of a question
[Forming nouns] Denoting a person or thing performing the action of a verb, or denoting another agent 3
US form of the British suffix, -our 6
|A naturally occurring solid material from which a metal or valuable mineral can be profitably extracted|
|Adverb and Preposition:
“Sweeps in pride his sounding chariot till it almost seems to fly, Arjun lords it o’er the battle like the comet in the sky!” – Dutt, Romesh, Maha-bharata
“You cannot sure forget A prison-roof is o’er you, Strafford?” – Helen Archibald Clarke, Browning’s England
“Wide o’er the ethereal walks extends thy sway, And o’er the infernal mansions void of day!Look upon us on earth!” – Various, Old English Chronicles
Don’t think you’ll be able to rest on your oars, Bobby.
I was stroke oar and John was in the bow.
Jane dipped her oars in and pulled smoothly away.
Must he always stick his oar in!
If we each take an oar, it’ll be easier and give us a chance to get to know each other.
The difference between oars and paddles are that oars are connected to the boat while paddles are held by the rowers.
I don’t think anyone has used these beat-up oars in years.
Ship the oars, lad, so we can drag the boat up on shore.
I was doing quite well until you stuck your oar in.
Since the wind had completely died, they had to oar the sailboat back to shore.
OR is a discipline that deals with the application of advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.
Address it to Henry Stanton, 1319 West Main, Portland OR 97205.
That corporal shouldn’t be in the officers’ mess. He’s OR!
Get him into the OR, stat!
They released him on OR.
Be cautious of that OR clause in a mover’s contract.
Are you coming or not?
She couldn’t read or write.
I either take taxis or walk everywhere.
It doesn’t matter whether the theory is right or wrong.
I prefer the espionage novel, or as it is known in the trade, the thriller.
Hurry up or you’ll miss it all.
John’s indifference — or was it? — left her unsettled.
To love is the one way to know or God or man.
I don’t know. There were a dozen or so people.
The most celebrated armorial dispute in English heraldry is that of Scrope v. Grosvenor in 1390, in which two different men claimed the right to bear azure, a bend or.
Is that the governor?
Is it a bad resistor?
I can’t decide if it needs a minor or major beat.
It’s an unholy error.
Look at the pallor of her face!
She’s in terror of her life.
This egg salad has a weird flavor.
He was our Lord and Savior.
I want to savor every moment.
|An extractive metallurgist knows how to get the ore out.
Copper ore is commonly found scattered more or less uniformly through a large volume of rock.
Ore is always mixed with unwanted or valueless rocks and minerals that are collectively known as gangue.
Gold is usually extracted by crushing the ore.
|Adjective: oarless, oarlike
Noun: oarlock, oarsman, oarsmanship, oarsmen, oarweed, oarswoman, oarswomen
|History of the Word:|
|First known use was in 1592.||Old English ār is of Germanic origin and related to the Danish and Norwegian åre.||1 Middle English in a reduced form of the obsolete conjunction other, which superseded the Old English oththe meaning or and is of uncertain ultimate origin.||Old English ōra meaning unwrought metal was influenced in form by the Old English ār meaning bronze, which is related to the Latin aes meaning crude metal, bronze.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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