While premier and premiere are all about the first of anything, premier is strictly about the time, occurrence, or rank. Premiere is about the first time someone or something performs. Or is the leading lady of a theatrical production.
And this was my own word confusion. I find myself dithering between adding that e on the end or not!
…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: premier and premiere|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective 1; Noun 2
Plural for the noun: premiers
Verb, intransitive & transitive
[Attrib. & Prenominal] First in importance, order, rank, or position
First in time, occurrence
A chief officer
[Australia; plural use only] The winners of a premiership
The leading lady in a theatre company
To perform publicly for the first time, as in a particular role, entertainment medium, etc.
As far as I’m concerned, Jethro Tull is the premier rock ‘n roll flautist.
The New York Times is the premier national newspaper.
The premier issue of the quarterly for the college came out last month.
“Female stars of the nation’s premier improv collective read a gay friend’s Grindr messages.” – Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video, “The Ladies of Second City Read Grindr Hookup Messages“, 10 December 2014
“When most of us think of the premier retirement destination for unrepentant Nazis, our minds immediately turn to South America.” – Guy Walters, “Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia“, 6 December 2014
In 2017, Mark McGowan was the premier in Western Australia.
It was the premiere showing for Iron Man.
Nicole Kidman’s gown was the premiere attraction of the evening.
“Most recently, Karl Lagerfeld hosted a grand fête celebrating the premiere of his film Reincarnation.” – Justin Jones, The Daily Beast, “Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants, 19 December 2014
Edward Small had planned to make a film version of the play The Mousetrap with Maria Schell as the premiere, but it came to naught.
The seventh season for Game of Thrones premiered in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
It will premiere at the Arcadia Theater.
When does he premiere as Hamlet?
Our little Maggie is premiering in her first musical solo Thursday night.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Mid-15th century meaning first in time.
By the late 15th century, it meant first in rank from the Middle French premier meaning first, chief, from the Latin primarius meaning principal.
In U.S. usage, premier formerly was applied occasionally to the Secretary of State (1855-c.1900).
|Late 19th century from the French première, the feminine of premier meaning first.|
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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Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth Nations, 1960, Windsor Castle, courtesy of the Diefenbaker Centre and the British Government. The image is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.