It’s those heterograhs…they’ll getcha in trouble every time.
In this case, “You’re just a might on the short side” is tellin’ me that the person may be short, but they’re mighty strong. Of course, in this author’s case, “you’re just a mite on the short side” was what was intended, per the context of the paragraph.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Person Past Singular and Plural Modal Verb 3
Present tense: may
|Adverb 2; Noun 1, 2|
Great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force
Used in questions and requests
Used to express possibility or make a suggestion
A small child or animal, especially when regarded as an object of sympathy 2
A very small amount
A contribution that is small but all that a person can afford
It was a convincing display of military might.
“Might is right” is a poor philosophy to embrace.
He lifted with all his might.
With might and main, we shall overcome our enemy.
Ah, geez, I might have known you did it.
They said he might be late.
We might have won if we’d played better.
You might have told me!
She avoided social engagements so that she might work.
Might I ask one question?
You might just call me Jane, if you don’t mind.
And who might you be?
This might be true.
You might try melatonin to help you sleep.
All evening he’s seemed a mite awkward.
“Not the greatest tragedy in the world, perhaps, but a mite sad.”, Alice Guilhamon and Christopher Dickey, “U.S. Wants Freedom from ‘Filthy’ French Cheese“, The Daily Beast, 20 July 2013
“OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday, a meeting that will, according to the Wall Street Journal, be a mite testy.”, Megan McArdle, “Fracking is Pitting OPEC Members Against Each Other. It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Bunch of Cartel Members“, The Daily Beast, 29 May 2013
“Predicting Palestinian genocide of Jews under a one-state solution is a mite farfetched, I would submit.”, Mira Sucharov, “Accusing Each Other Of Genocide“, The Daily Beast, 5 March 2013
Mites are significant as carriers of serious diseases.
Scabies, also known as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infestation by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei.
Ticks and spiders are more closely related than ticks and mites.
Dust mites are a household plague.
Mites feed on plants, animals, decaying matter, and stored foods.
The poor little mite looks half-starved.
His teacher thought he needed a mite of discipline.
It is not worth a mite.
A Flemish mite was worth one-third of a penny.
It’s but a widow’s mite.
|Adjective: mightier, mightiest, mightless, mighty
Contraction: mightn’t, might’ve
Noun: might-have-been, mightiness
|History of the Word:|
|Old English miht or mieht is of Germanic origin.||1 Old English mīte is of Germanic origin.|
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!