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Slay or sleigh?

24 Dec

DictionariesSomeone told me that they had actually seen this one on a festive poster last week, so welcome to the Christmas 2012 Troublesome Pair!

To slay is to kill in a violent manner. You can also use it in a metaphorical way: “I’m going to slay that demon and face up to the supermarket on Christmas Eve”.

Slay (as a noun) is also an alternative spelling for sley, which is a tool which is used in weaving, to push the weft into place. No, I didn’t know that either, and I’m guessing that the author of the unfortunate poster wasn’t talking about Santa and his weaving activities.

A sleigh is a sledge drawn by reindeer or horses. A sledge is a vehicle set on runners which is used to travel over snow and ice, propelled by gravity downhill or pushed or pulled. Oh, and a sled is a North American term for sledge. Don’t say I don’t give you added value!

Season’s Greetings and I hope you enjoy 2013’s Troublesome Pairs and Trios!

You can find more troublesome pairs here and the index to them all so far is here.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Errors, Language use, Troublesome pairs, Writing

 

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4 responses to “Slay or sleigh?

  1. Lindsay McLoughlin

    December 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hi Liz

    I enjoyed your lovely – and seasonal – blog. Have a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year. Thank you. Lindsay

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    • Liz at Libro

      December 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Thank you, Lindsay! Best wishes for 2013 to you, too!

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  2. Rosina Peixoto

    December 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I came across your blog today and I´m enjoying it. My mother tongue is Spanish and I work on translation so I find your blog extremely helpful. 😀 I wish you good health, happiness, and success in the coming year.

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    • Liz at Libro

      December 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments, Rosina, and I wish you the same. I’m glad you’re finding my blog useful and enjoyable!

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