Last night I read about a character with an acetic face, and I found myself wondering if his face had been pickled.
I’m sure the author meant that his face was severe looking, but hey, if they really want to go with acetic acid…that’s their choice. I did find myself craving a giant dill pickle, though.
…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: acetic and ascetic|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Of or like vinegar or acetic acid||Adjective:
Characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons
Relating to asceticism, the doctrine that one can reach a high spiritual state through the practice of extreme self-denial or self-mortification
Exceedingly strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification
|Commonly referred to as acetic acid
“A pleasant effect of acetic acid is that it softens and lubricates the skin.” – Scientific American Supplement, No. 711, 17 August 1889
Acetic acid is found in vinegar which can be used to adjust the level of acidity of food.
If you want to pickle beets, cucumbers, watermelon rinds, etc., you’ll need acetic acid.
He led an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor.
It was one of those narrow, humorless, ascetic faces.
No Internet, no cable…not even a cellphone! It was such an ascetic existence.
Anyone who chooses to live without at least a cellphone must be an ascetic!
He was an ascetic who preferred acetic foods.
|Adjective: semiacetic, unacetic||Adjective: ascetical, nonascetic, nonascetical, preascetic
Adverb: ascetically, nonascetically
Noun: asceticism, nonascetic
|History of the Word:|
|Late 18th century from the French acétique, which is from the Latin acetum meaning vinegar.||Mid-17th century from the medieval Latin asceticus or the Greek askētikos, from askētēs meaning monk, which is from askein meaning to exercise.|
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!