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Something is on the wain

Something is on the wain

Something is on the wain

(OP)
I was going to use that in a recent article and checked for spelling. I could find no reference to the term in the 'net. I meant to say that something was slowly being diminished. It's almost like it was never a word. Is the expression archaic? or just incorrect or spelled wrong? Thanks for any clarification.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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RE: Something is on the wain

It's wane as far as I know.

- Andrew

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
thanks... spelling error.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

dik,

Wain is a wagon. Wane is something reducing in size.

--
JHG

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
Thanks... just looked up wain, again, and one of the meanings is a farm type wagon. Not a word I've used often, but it seemed appropriate. A matter of checking the spelling before use, and couldn't find it... spelling error...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

Yes, the proper spelling is 'wane'. The word 'wain', which is archaic, refers to wagons and carts, hence the word 'wainwright' as one who builds and maintains wagons and carts.

Now I've seen the word 'wane' many times, a common example is referring to the 'waning' Moon. That being said, I can't recall any situation where I've actually used it myself.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
Thanks, guy...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

what can I say ... archaics are us ?

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Something is on the wain

and yeah, I've learned not to trust spell check, particularly on a word I'm not that sure about. I'll check the definition of the word spell check wants in google ... 50% of the time "no, that's not what I mean".

for me in the early days of checking a guy handed in a report with "assess" spelt "asses". his excuse was "well, Word didn't complain" ... yeah, 'cause it is a word, only not the one you mean.

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
... thanks, everyone. I guess the difference between an Arcitect and an Artifact is about a decade.pipe

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

Waxing and waning are used once every lunar month to denote the increasing and decreasing percentage of the Moon being illuminated by the Sun.

Interestingly, "waxing" in common parlance refers to the removal of certain things from certain parts of the certain people's bodies

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RE: Something is on the wain

Waxing has a direct connection with ouch!....

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Something is on the wain

But as to the title of this thread, perhaps it is a scot. Wainscot, you know.

RE: Something is on the wain

Yeah, spellcheck can do you wrong.

So, about 20 years ago, I had just started a new job. I was handed a copy of the annual report, which had just been printed but not mailed yet. I found a type, which resulted in us going through 1300 copies and by hand inserting the l in public. dazed

My glass has a v/c ratio of 0.5

Maybe the tyranny of Murphy is the penalty for hubris. - http://xkcd.com/319/

RE: Something is on the wain

To wane on your parade means that you parade will be dampened.

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

RE: Something is on the wain

ACtrafficengr,

Google now makes it fairly difficult to search for "pubic accountants". but there are lots of them out there. Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck, recommends deleting certain words from your spell checker.

--
JHG

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)

Quote (Yeah, spellcheck can do you wrong.)


What the feck is a spellcheck?

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)

Quote (To wane on your parade means that you parade will be dampened.
Skip,)


Wascally...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

...that is, in a pun-derful way.

It could take some word-smithing.

BTW, when I started out as a newly graduated engineer, an old codger where I worked and I traded shaggy dog stories that often required a series of shaping and refining (word-smithing) exercises. That stated me on almost 6 decades of playing with words that has been mostly a self amusement that I share with others on semi-rare occasions. 😉

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

RE: Something is on the wain

A story I can across several decades ago was that a university, to be of greater service to students, tied all their dictionaries together so that students of various languages could spell check papers describing differences and so forth. Unfortunately it was soon discovered that almost any combination of vowels and consonants was a word in some language.

What I have thought would be a useful thing is an extraction of words in alphabetical order from documents, presented to the user, repeats represented only once. Then just look at the list to see if there are any words one would be unlikely to use. This avoids the read-over problem where people know what the word is and skip the misspelling.

RE: Something is on the wain

It still doesn't fix "their" and "there".

RE: Something is on the wain

Shoot - then it was a completely stupid idea. How was I to know that listing words the writer did use would not clue them in that they were words they did not intend to use?

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)

Quote (Shoot - then it was a completely stupid idea.)


You didn't really think that was a good, sound idea? ponder

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

Better than any you offered, dik.

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
Great...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

Words to know for crossword puzzles.

Ted

RE: Something is on the wain

Wain - archaic
Wainwright (surname or trade) - not so much

Apropos of nothing, you only need to add one letter to go from outage to outrage.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
Yup... thanks

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

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It still doesn't fix "their" and "there".

One of the more common language error's.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

RE: Something is on the wain

To say nothing of "to", "two" and "too" or the rule for the use of "a" versus "an".

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Something is on the wain

Redundancy is what whacks my brain the hardest.

For example, sentences starting with 'as well' and ending in 'also'. Or vice versa.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)

Quote (It still doesn't fix "their" and "there".)


and "they're", and 'i' before 'e', except after 'c'.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

...And when pronounced like "A'
as in neighbor or weigh
and miscellaneous other weird words.

It's enough to insight a riot, I tell you!

My glass has a v/c ratio of 0.5

Maybe the tyranny of Murphy is the penalty for hubris. - http://xkcd.com/319/

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
Reminds me of George Bernard Shaw's 'Ghuti', for 'fish'.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

Sadly, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors are not on the wain.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

RE: Something is on the wain

Another book I can recommend is 'Fumble Rules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage', by William Safire.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Something is on the wain

I almost got this for my nieces and nephews. I should have!

My glass has a v/c ratio of 0.5

Maybe the tyranny of Murphy is the penalty for hubris. - http://xkcd.com/319/

RE: Something is on the wain

LOL Artisi ,,, You are correct:)

RE: Something is on the wain

(OP)
lol

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Do you feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Something is on the wain

we've done that worst radio alphabet ...

knight is for K
etc

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Something is on the wain

GregLocock,

The last time I saw the word "wain" was when I recently re-read Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was heavily into archaic language.

--
JHG

RE: Something is on the wain

Wayne's wain waned.

--
JHG

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