It seemed appropriate for the Christmas season to explore this pair of heterograhs, in versus inn, what with Joseph and Mary unable to get in to the inn before she gives birth.
…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: in and inn|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Abbreviation; Adjective 1; Adverb 1; Noun;
Plural for noun: inns
[Post office] Official abbreviation for the state of Indiana
[Chemistry] The chemical element indium
[Predic.; of the ball in tennis and similar games] Landing within the designated playing area
Located or situated within
Being in power, authority, control, etc.
[Golf; as opposed to out] Laying the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course
Expressing the situation of being enclosed or surrounded by something
Expressing arrival at a destination
[Of the tide] Rising or at its highest level
[Baseball; of an infielder or outfielder] Playing closer to home plate than usual
[Usually, ins] Persons in office or political power
A member of the political party in power
Pull or influence
[Tennis, squash, handball, etc.] A return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court
Expressing a period of time during which an event takes place or a situation remains the case
Expressing the length of time before a future event is expected to take place
[Often followed by a noun without a determiner] Expressing a state or condition
Expressing inclusion or involvement
Indicating someone’s occupation or profession
Indicating the language or medium used
[With verbal noun] As an integral part of an activity
|A commercial establishment providing accommodations, food, and drink, for the public, especially for travelers
[British; always use an initial capital letter] Any of several buildings in London formerly used as places of residence for students, especially law students
A legal society occupying such a building
Yeah, she moved to Indiana, so use IN for the address on that envelope.
If you take In and Ga and rub them against each other, a liquid alloy will start to form.
Pastels and light colors are in this year.
Hey, it’s the in thing to do.
“In!” she called to her partner.
It was one of those in jokes.
This is the in place to be seen.
This is the in part of a mechanism.
Is that an in train?
You have to be a member of the in party.
His in score on the second round was 34.
Presently the admiral breezed in.
Bring it in.
We were locked in!
The train got in very late.
We’ll have to get going, as the tide is coming in.
Looking for a force, they brought the infield in.
He threw a fastball in and up a little.
Talk to Mike. He knows the ins and outs of it all.
He’s got it in for his ex.
The election made him an in.
He’s got an in with the senator.
A serve must land in the right service court, in front of the service line, or inside the singles sidelines to count as being in bounds.
God, he’s so intolerant.
Whoa! Your inappreciation is noted.
An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment.
We’ll have to induce labor if we are to save them both.
There has been a huge influx in immigrants.
There was an inborn defect in the formation of collagen.
She saw it in the rearview mirror.
We like living in Deep River.
You’d better soak it in warm soapy water.
Don’t put dye in the bathtub.
He got in his car and drove off.
They met in 1885.
And where were you at one o’clock in the morning?
I hadn’t seen him in years.
I’ll see you in fifteen minutes.
Oh, to be in love.
I’ve got to put my affairs in order.
She looked to be a woman in her thirties.
So break it in half!
I had laid out in a straight line.
There was no discernible difference in quality, so I took the cheaper one.
I read it in a book.
Can you believe it? Rose is acting in a film.
She works in publishing.
Can you say it in Polish?
Put it in writing.
Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat is a fascinating piece.
In planning public expenditure, it is better to be prudent.
We need penicillin over here.
Doesn’t she have her epinephrin pen?
Hey, cousin! Where have you been?
The 1960s were known for their -ins: the sit-in, the sleep-in, and the love-in.
|I’ve heard that the Waterside Inn is good.
A number of modern chains have inn as part of their name.
Inn does sound so much cozier than hotel.
The maid said they’d already left the inn.
The governing bodies of the Inns of Court exercise the exclusive right of admitting persons to practice by a formal call to the bar.
Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn are two of the four Inns of Court in England.
|Adjective: in-and-out, in-app, in-between, in-company, in-country, in-depth, in-home, in-house, in-line, in-phase, in-school, in-service, inborn, inbounds, inbuilt, inflight, ingoing, ingrowing, inrushing
Adverb: in-country, in-house, infield
Combined Form: -in-waiting
Noun: in-between, in-crowd, in-group, in-joke, in-law, in-liner, inbox, incenter, incentre [British], infeed, infield, infielder, infighting, infighter, infill, ingrowth, inpatient, inrush, inrushing
Verb: inbox, inbreed, inclose [dated], infill, inform
And so many more…!
|History of the Word:|
|1 Old English in (preposition), inn, inne (adverb) are of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch and the German in (as a preposition) and the German ein (as an adverb), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin in and Greek en.
3 Representing in or the Latin preposition in.
|Old English in the sense of dwelling place, lodging, which is of Germanic origin and related to in.
In Middle English, the word was used to translate Latin hospitium, denoting a house of residence for students.
This sense is preserved in the names of some buildings formerly used for this purpose, notably Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn, two of the Inns of Court (see Inn of Court).
Late Middle English is whence the current sense dates.
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!