Funny Images Conjured up by Web Comments
Sometimes I’m more amused than annoyed by spelling errors and incorrect word choices that I see in blogs and comments.
Here are a few. Let your imagination soar!
1. Looking for a laptop for my mother… she only needs a bear-bones laptop.
2. Someone said this to me one time and I balled my eyes out.
3. …his scarlet bishop’s cossack and cap.
4. The boy [who had been beaten] had whelps on him.
5. He hears a disemboweled voice.
6. The cowboy was rounding up the doggies.
7. The crust of my interest is World War I.
1. bare-bones – adjective meaning “essential.” a laptop with only the most essential features.
bear-bones – the skeletal structure of a bear (an animal of the family Ursidae).
2. balled – formed into a ball. We can speak of a “balled fist.” Yarn can be balled, as can little bits of wool on a sweater.
bawled – past tense of bawl, to cry out loudly. The word may come from an Icelandic word for the sound cattle make. Related to bellow.
3. Cossack – originally a member of a Russian military elite; a distinctive item of their uniform was a tall fur hat. Figuratively, a “cossack” is an authoritarian figure that uses any type of force to control others. The character Chekov in the original StarTrek series was fond of calling people he didn’t like “cossacks.”
A cassock, on the other hand, is a clerical garment, a long close-fitting tunic reaching to the feet. This is what the bishop probably had.
4. A whelp is the young of a carnivorous animal, such as a wolf cub or puppy. The word called for in this context is welt.
welt: a raised area, ridge, or seam on the body surface (as from scarring or a blow).
5. disembowel: to take out the bowels of, eviscerate. This is what the word “drawn” refers to in the expression “hanged, drawn, and quartered.” The word this writer was reaching for was disembodied.
disembodied in this context means that a voice was heard, but its source could not be seen.
6. doggies – a child’s word for dogs. Ex. Look at the Mother Doggy and all the little doggies!
dogy (also spelled dogey and dogie) – a motherless calf in a range herd.
7. crust – the hardened exterior of something. It could be a pie crust or the earth’s crust. The speaker probably intended to say crux.
crux – a word derived from the Latin word for cross. A cross, as we know, can be a tool of torture and execution, but its shape is also suggestive of a central nexus, like a crossroads. Both ideas contribute to the meanings of the English word crux:
1 a. a puzzling, confusing, or difficult problem : an unsolved question
b. a determinative point at issue : a pivotal or essential point requiring resolution or resolving an outcome
2. a main or central feature (as of an argument or plan)
Please share your own examples of misused words that conjure up funny images.
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