Ah, the innocence of the innocents lasts not long enough in this pair of heterograhs.
And I wish those innocent, ahem, writers would lose their innocence about the difference between the two!
…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: innocence and innocent|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for the noun: innocence
|Plural for the noun: innocent
|The state, quality, or fact of being innocent of a crime, offense, sin, or moral wrong
Lack of knowledge or understanding
An innocent person or thing
Not guilty of a crime or offense
[Attrib.] Not responsible for or directly involved in an event yet suffering its consequences
Free from moral wrong
Not intended to cause harm or offense
Having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person
Uninformed or unaware
[Postpositive; followed by of] Free (of)
A person involved by chance in a situation, especially a victim of crime or war
A simpleton or idiot
A guileless person
A young child
|They must prove their innocence.
The healthy bloom in her cheeks gave her an aura of innocence.
They’d avenge assaults on her innocence by others.
She knew the gift had been chosen in all innocence.
The prisoner proved his innocence.
It was the arbitrary execution of an innocent man.
He was innocent of any fraud.
He was a man innocent of war’s cruelties.
The street was quite innocent of bookstores.
Oh my god, he was just an innocent bystander.
It was such a horror, such an innocent child to suffer so.
She is a poor, innocent young creature.
C’mon, it was an innocent mistake.
He gave an innocent misrepresentation.
It’s all innocent fun.
Geez, it’s a law innocent of merit.
It was sad how innocent he was of all knowledge of history.
They are prepared to kill or maim innocents in pursuit of a cause.
Archeologists, biblical scholars, and psychiatrists have analyzed Herod the Great to determine if he truly was responsible for The Massacre of the Innocents ( Franz).
|Noun: innocency [archaic], superinnocence||Adjective: quasi-innocent, superinnocent
Adverb: innocently, quasi-innocently, superinnocently
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-14th century Middle English meaning freedom from guilt is from the 12th century Old French inocence meaning innocence, purity, chastity, which is from the Latin innocentia, which is from innocent- meaning not harming or innocens meaning harmless, blameless and based on nocere meaning injure.||Middle English from the Old French, or from the Latin innocent- meaning not harming, from in- (not) + nocere (to hurt).|
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!