Saturday, February 2, 2013

Word Mix-Up: TIDE and TIED

TIDE: The noun "tide" refers to the rise and fall of the sea, as in the phrase "low tide" and "high tide." The word "tide" was originally connected to the idea of due time, a division of time; you can still see that usage in the phrase "Yuletide."

TIED: This is from the verb "tie," so something that is "tied" is something that is knotted, tied together.

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