There’s a hue and cry out on this pair of heterograhs, hew versus hue, one that seems so appropriate for the start of the holiday season.
When the holidays roll around, some like to hew down their own tree, and trust me, it is not hueing a pine to decorate in hews… Wait. I suppose you could count spraying a green tree with fake white snow, hueing. Except, hue is a noun, not a verb. And one could decorate a tree with hews, except that would mean hacking away at the branches…not too decorative for most tastes.
Hmmm, we might want to stick with: Father hewing a pine for the Christmas tree, which the children will decorate in the hues of the season.
…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: hew and hue|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Abbreviation; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Noun 1, 2, and 3
Plural for noun: hues
[Historical; U.S.] The name of a federal government department
To strike with cutting blows
[Usually followed by to] To uphold, follow closely, or conform
To make, shape, smooth, etc., with cutting blows
[Often followed by away, down, from, off, etc.] To sever (a part) from a whole or another portion by means of cutting blows
To cut down
|Character or aspect 1
Form or appearance
A gradation or variety of a color 2
A loud clamor or public outcry 3
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) is in charge of social issues that affect Americans.
He hewed more vigorously each time.
If only the party would hew to a more moderate path.
Will you hew to the tenets of our political party?
The seat has been hewn out of a fallen tree trunk.
He hewed a passage through the crowd.
The artist will hew a statue from marble.
If we hew a few branches from the bottom of the tree, it should fit.
We’ll need to hew enough wood to get through what promises to be a hard winter.
It’s so depressing how many trees were hewn down by the storm.
|It took war before men of all political hues submerged their feuds.
Verdigris may be greenish-blue or -yellow in hue.
Her face lost its golden hue.
Omigod, they must have used all the hues of the rainbow.
The cover has a purple hue with touches of green and blue.
Marion raised a hue and cry as the thief slipped out the window.
|Adjective: hewable, unhewable, unhewed
|Adjective: hued, hueless|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English hēawan is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch houwen and the German hauen.||1 Old English hīw, hēow meaning form, appearance, is obsolete except in Scotland and is of Germanic origin;. It’s probably related to the Swedish hy meaning skin, complexion.|
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!