It surprised me, this pair of word confusion heterographs, when I read about the boreds a character was bringing into his workshop. If the guy has a workshop, I’d’ve thought he’d know he was carrying boards.
Huh, I never thought that maybe he was bringing in a number of bored characters…?
Do be aware that the accepted constructions for bored are bored by or bored with. The current usage of bored of is handy for dialect, but not for standard English.
…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: board|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Past tense or past participle for bore
Adjective 1 and 2;
Verb, intransitive & transitive 3
A long, thin, flat piece of wood or other hard material, used for floors or other building purposes
A thin, flat, rectangular piece of wood or other stiff material used for various purposes, in particular:
[Treated as singular or plural noun] A group of people constituted as the decision-making body of an organization
The provision of regular meals when one stays somewhere, in return for payment or services
[Sailing] A distance covered by a vessel in a single tack
Live and receive regular meals in a house in return for payment or services
Ride on a snowboard
Provide a person or animal with regular meals and somewhere to live in return for payment
[Board something up] Cover or seal a window, storefront, or other structure with pieces of wood
Feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity 1
[In combination; of a gun] Having a specified bore 2
[Machinery] To enlarge a hole to a precise diameter
[Of a substance] To admit of being bored
To make a hole by drilling with such an instrument
To form, make, or construct a tunnel, mine, well, passage, etc., by hollowing out, cutting through, or removing a core of material
[Machinery] To enlarge a hole to a precise diameter with a cutting tool within the hole, by rotating either the tool or the work
To force an opening, as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually followed by through or into)
To weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc. 3
The loose boards creaked as I walked on them.
Whole sections of board were missing.
Ah, yes. In my youth, I trod the boards.
Pin the notice up on the board, and we’ll see who responds.
Get out the game boards!
No, use the ironing board.
I had to replace the graphics board.
Dude! Great board!
“He was tripped up by Jake Allen (inadvertently) while going in for a scoring chance and was unable to brace himself as he went head-first into the boards” (NBC Sports).
Forwards shut down their men, then box out, grab boards, play the passing lanes, help down low, block shots etc…” (Bleacher Report).
Publishers have a choice of a variety of rigid or flexible boards these days: Davey’s, eterno, red flex, bristol, blue gray Kraft Paper, barrier, and green millboard are some of them.
He sits on the board of directors.
The Federal Reserve Board is the main governing body of the Federal Reserve System, the central bank of the United States.
They’re in a board meeting.
Your room and board will be free.
Daisy, set the board for a seven-course meal.
A vessel is said to make a good board when the wind frees her on one tack; it’s a bad board when it heads her.
Corkboard makes great flooring.
Plasterboard, commonly known as drywall, comes with a variety of differences from tapered edges to different thicknesses and weights.
The cousins boarded for a while with Ruby.
Peter boards at the Worthington School for Boys.
“For a toeside traverse, keep your ankles and knees bent and tip your board on edge by driving your knees into the hill” (SnowProfessor).
Flight 172 to Istanbul is now boarding at gate 37.
The dogs may have to be boarded at Riverview Pet Care.
Seven years after Katrina and the shop was still boarded up.
She got bored with staring out of the window.
They would hang around all day, bored stiff.
“The usual depth of a bored well is 50′ to 100′ — not as deep as a drilled water well” (Inspectapedia).
“The combination, with the breech-bored body of the gun, having an interior interrupted screw, the breech-block having a corresponding interrupted exterior screw, and the recessed and bored housing secured to the breech, of the ring B, fitted and adapted to reciprocate circularly in the housing, and provided with the peripherally-toothed sector a, the pinion F, engaging said sector, and the shaft of said pinion projecting through the outer face of the housing, and the crank N, applied thereto, as shown and described” (Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, p 612).
Certain types of steel do not bore well.
The crew bored a tunnel through the Alps.
Jason bored through the crowd as though they weren’t even there.
The topics at the conference bored me.
I’m bored by these repetitious tasks.
Joan was bored to tears.
|Adjective: board-certified, boarded
Noun: boarder, boardercross, boardies, boarding, boardsailing, boardsailor, boardslide, boardwalk
|Adjective: borable, boreable
Noun: bore, boredom
|History of the Word:|
|Old English bord is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch boord and the German Bort. Bord was reinforced in the Middle English bythe by the Old French bort meaning edge, ship’s side’ and the Old Norse borth meaning board, table.||1 First recorded in 1760–70 and is of uncertain 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!