Un-Words, Pt. XIV

They’re both words, but … It is imperative that this be made clear: The “k” makes all the difference. One of my pet peeves is when people write “chic” when they mean “chick.”

Main Entry: chick
Pronunciation: \ˈchik\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English chyke, alteration of chiken
Date: 15th century
* a domestic chicken; especially : one newly hatched the young of any bird
* child
* slang : girl, woman

Main Entry: chic
Pronunciation: \ˈshēk\
Function: noun
Etymology: French
Date: 1856
* smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner : style

Example: The Chick Ball, an annual event celebrating women off all backgrounds, with its all-chick bands and silent auction benefits the Center for Violent Prevention and will be held July 24. And those chicks who want to be serious contenders for the Bling Contest will find their chicest dresses and accessories.


~ by MsInklination on July 21, 2010.

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