Seeing as how some writers can be teaming with ideas…hmmm, actually that would be a good thing. To join together with ideas as a team and see what comes of it… I suppose it’s all in the context, as I would more commonly expect a writer to be teeming with ideas, having lots and lots of ideas.
…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: team and teem; Word Reference.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Verb, intransitive 1, 2 & transitive|
Of, relating to, or performed by a team
A group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport
[Agriculture] Two or more horses or other animals harnessed together to draw a vehicle, plow, etc.
A family of young animals, especially ducks or pigs
[Obsolete] Offspring or progeny
To drive a team
Harness animals, especially horses, together to pull a vehicle
To join together in a team
[Chiefly Northern U.S.; older use] To convey or transport by means of a team
Be full of or swarming with 1
[Of water, especially rain] Pour down 2
[Usually followed by with] To abound or swarm
[Obsolete] To be or become pregnant
To empty or pour out
To empty or pour out
Basketball is a team sport.
Let’s make this a team effort.
They’ve got enough kids to put together their own baseball team.
They’ve pulled together a team of researchers to work on XYZ.
Are you team Mac or team PC?
We’re totally Team Jenna and support Camp CARE.
Check out the Team GB website for information about the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic Team.
I took one for the team by naming myself the designated driver.
Have you seen Whitworth’s matched team yet?
Harvey’s bullock team is hauling wool in New South Wales.
The collective nouns for more than one duck range from badelynge, brace, bunch, flock, paddling, raft, and team. I rather like paddling and raft…a raft of ducks paddled by…
“I am in love; but a team of horse shall not pluck that from me, nor who ’tis I love.” – Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The horses are teamed in pairs.
The two teamed up to work on the new budget.
Every garden is teeming with wildlife.
She walked briskly through the teeming streets.
With the rain teeming down at the manor, Italy seemed a long way off.
The pond teemed with tadpoles.
It’s teeming down.
“In like manner, his physiognomical expression seemed to teem with benignity.” – Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
|Adjective: interteam, underteamed, unteamed
Noun: teammate, teamster, teamwork
|Adjective: teemful, teeming, teemless
Noun: teemer, teemingness
|teem with someone
teem with something
|History of the Word:|
|Before 900, the Old English tēam meaning child-bearing, brood, offspring, or set of draft beasts, and cognate with the Dutch toom meaning bridle, reins, the German Zaum, and the Old Norse, and evolved into the Middle English teme as a nominal noun.
Old English tēam meaning team of draft animals is of Germanic origin and related to the German Zaum meaning bridle and is from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin ducere meaning to lead.
|1 Old English tēman, tīeman is of Germanic origin and related to team. The original senses included give birth to, also be or become pregnant, which gare rise to be full of in the late 16th century.
The current sense (originally dialect) dates from the early 19th century.
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!