Josie rapped hard on the table to get our attention that Christmas morning. Seems she’d been too rapt in all the wrapped presents under the tree to even notice the rest of us were eating our strawberry French toast and bacon.
Talk about the perfect trio of heterographs. They sound the same, but they sure ain’t spelled the same!
…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: rap|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Past tense or past participle for rap
Verb, intransitive 1 & transitive 1 and 2
Informal variant spelling in Australia of wrap
|Adjective||Past tense or past participle for wrap
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Strike a hard surface with a series of rapid audible blows, especially in order to attract attention 1
[Informal; chiefly North American] Talk or chat in an easy, open, and familiar manner
To talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music
[Of a spirit summoned by a medium; often followed by out] To communicate a message by raps
[Slang] To criticize sharply
[Slang] To arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime
[Metallurgy] To jar a pattern loose from a sand mold
[Archaic] To carry off
[Archaic] To transport with rapture 2
[Archaic] To seize for oneself
|Completely fascinated by what one is seeing or hearing
[Archaic] Having been carried away bodily or transported to heaven
[Computing; of a word, unit, or text] Be carried over to the next line or fit around a picture
[Usually followed by up] To enclose in something wound or folded about
[Computer] Cause a word or unit of text to be carried over to a new line automatically as the margin is reached, or to fit around embedded features such as pictures
To cover fingernails with a sheer silk or linen fabric, as to repair or strengthen them
To surround, envelop, shroud, or hide
To fold or roll up
[Often followed by up] To enclose in something wound or folded about
[Often followed by up] To enclose and make fast (an article, bundle, etc.) within a covering of paper or the like
To wind, fold, or bind (something) about as a covering
She rapped angrily on the window.
We could be here all night rapping about the finer points of spiritualism.
I’ve never rapped before an audience.
Once again the presiding judge rapped briefly with his gavel.
Chris Brown rapped for three hours last night!
She rapped her stick on the floor.
She rapped my fingers with a ruler.
Executives rapped the U.S. for having too little competition in international phone service.
The ambassador rapped out an order.
Madame Zlagny’s spirit guide rapped out responses to all our questions.
Critics rapped George’s play.
I got rapped for that B&E.
He rapped a little too hard on the mold and broke it.
|Andrew looked at her, rapt.
They listened with rapt attention.
She shut her eyes and seemed rapt with desire.
He was rapt on high.
Penelope prefers her shrimp wrap wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
Melanie set the style so the text wrapped around the graphics.
Who’s been buggering with the computer settings!? My email text always wrapped before!
We wrapped on schedule three days later.
They had hoped negotiations would be wrapped up in sixty days.
Leonora wrapped herself in a large white bath towel.
David wrapped the bandage around the injured limb.
He wrapped an arm around her waist.
She wrapped him in her arms.
Richard wrapped his car aound a telephone pole.
Gina had the computer set so the text automatically wrapped to the next line.
She wrapped her head in a scarf.
He wrapped the package up in brown paper.
The package was wrapped up like a Christmas tree.
Australia wrapped up the series 4–0.
|Noun: rap, rapper||Adjective: rapturous
Adverb: raptly, rapturously
Noun: raptness, rapture, rapturousness
|Noun: prewrap, underwrap, wrap, wrap-up, wrapper, wrapping
Verb: rewrap, rewrapped, rewrapping
Verb, intransitive: interwrap, interwrapped, interwrapping
Verb, transitive: prewrap, prewrapped, prewrapping.
wrapped someone up
wrapped something up
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English and originally in the sense of severe blow with a weapon and deliver a heavy blow is probably imitative and of Scandinavian origin.||Late Middle English in the sense of transported by religious feeling and is from the Latin raptus meaning seized, past participle of rapere.||Middle English and of unknown origin.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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