Admittedly, both words are uncommon enough that mistaking one for the other is rather easy.
|Noun, Verb||Noun, Verb|
|Part of Grammar:|
Violation, infringement, infraction, neglect
Rift, schism, division, gulf, chasm, estrangement, split, break, rupture, discord
Crack, fracture, opening, gap, fissure, hole
Make a hole or gap
Contravene, violate, infringe, defy, disobey, flout, fly in the face of
Breechesis another name for trousers, pants
[Ordnance] Rear part of the bore of a gun or the part of the firearm behind the barrel
Where a gun breaks into two parts for loading
[Birth] Indicates that part of the baby that appears first
[Machinery] End of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye
[Nautical] Outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship
[Ordnance] Fit or furnish a gun with a breech
A clear breach of the regulations.
Once more into the breach, dear friends.
The changes breached union rules.
Get those breeches on!
The breech-loader was a great improvement in firearms as it was quicker, easier, and safer to load.
|History of the Word:|
In Old English, it was spelled brēc
In Middle English, it was spelled breeche
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Kathy Davie is an author, educator, and artist with a BS in Technical Writing & Editing with minors in Digital Media and History from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.
She is the author of the arts marketing series, Your Portfolio & You, aimed at helping artists survive (and thrive) at the business of being an artist and include Accounting for the SMALL Businessperson, How Copyright Applies to the Artist, the Buyer, the Employer/e, the Sold Artwork, Dealing with Photographs, Slides, Digital Images, and Surviving the Outdoor Arts Festival.
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