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Bare vs Bear

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:37 AM
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I get SO tired of people, especially native English speakers, being completely inept when it comes to using the correct words for things.††I realize some words can get confused with ones that have multiple spellings and sound the same (There - location, Their - possessive pronoun, They're - contraction of They Are /// Too - also, Two - number, To - direction /// Weather - atmospheric conditions and resulting destructive forces, Whether - case or fact), but I mean REALLY, it's not that hard to remember guys, seriously.††We all went to school, will you at least TRY to type like you actually paid attention and learned something in class?††This includes correct spelling and at least an attempt at correct grammar and punctuation, guys.††Below is the actual definitions for both terms Bare and Bear. (The short version: Bare = Naked... Bear = All other definitions...††You see?††It's not that hard.)††Non native English speakers at least TRY to be legible and understood, so why can't the rest of you who ARE native English speakers?††I don't expect people to type like they have a doctorate in the English language, but I do expect people to type like they actually graduated High School, which means legible without requiring decryption and translation of horridly typed comments just because you want to be lazy.††O.o††Stop butchering the English Language!††Those of you who are native English speakers have no excuse!

Bare =
1 a) without the natural or customary covering "bare wooden floors" b) without clothing; naked "bare legs"
2 without equipment, supplies, or furnishings; empty "a bare room, a bare larder"
3 without embellishment; unadorned; simple; plain "the bare facts"
4 without tools or weapons: obsolete except in bare hands
5 threadbare
6 no more than; mere "a bare subsistence wage"

bared, baring to make bare; uncover; strip; expose
lay bare to open to view; uncover; expose

SYN.óbare, in this comparison, implies the absence of the conventional or appropriate covering [bare legs, bareheaded]; naked implies the absence of clothing, either entirely or from some part, and connotes a revealing of the body [a naked chest]; nude, which is somewhat euphemistic for naked, is commonly applied to the undraped human figure in art; bald suggests a lack of natural covering, esp. of hair on the head; barren implies a lack of natural covering, esp. vegetation, and connotes destitution and fruitlessness [barren lands]

Bear =
1 a) to hold and take along; carry; transport b) to hold in the mind "to bear a secret"
2 to possess as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.; have or show "the letter bore his signature"
3 to give birth to: the passive past participle in this sense is born when by does not follow
4 to bring forth; produce or yield "fruit-bearing trees, coal-bearing strata"
5 to support or hold up; sustain
6 to sustain the burden of; take on; take care of "to bear the cost"
7 a) to undergo successfully; withstand; endure "her work won't bear scrutiny" b) to put up with; tolerate "she can't bear him"
8 to call for; require "his actions bear watching"
9 to carry or conduct (oneself)
10 to carry over or hold (a sentiment) "to bear a grudge"
11 to bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
12 to move or push as if carrying "the crowd bore us along"
13 to give, offer, or supply "to bear witness"

1 to be productive "the tree bears well"
2 a) to lie in a given direction "the lighthouse bears due east" b) to point or be aimed toward (with on or upon) "artillery deployed to bear on the fort" c) to move in a given direction "bear right at the corner"
3 to have bearing (on); have a relation "his story bears on the crime"
4 to tolerate; put up patiently (with)
5 to be oppressive; weigh "grief bears heavily on her"

bear a hand
1 to give help
2 Naut. get to work! help out! work faster!

bear down
1 to press or push down; exert pressure
2 to make a strong effort

bear down on
1 to press down on; exert pressure on
2 to make a strong effort toward accomplishing
3 to come or go toward; closely approach

bear out to show to be true; support or confirm
bear up to endure, as under a strain; keep up one's spirits
bring to bear on (or upon) to cause to have an effect on "he brought his influence to bear on the lawmakers"

SYN.óbear implies a putting up with something that distresses, annoys, pains, etc., without suggesting the way in which one sustains the imposition; suffer suggests passive acceptance of or resignation to that which is painful or unpleasant; endure implies a holding up against prolonged pain, distress, etc. and stresses stamina or patience; tolerate and the more informal stand both imply self-imposed restraint of one's opposition to what is offensive or repugnant; brook, a literary word, is usually used in the negative, suggesting determined refusal to put up with what is distasteful See also CARRY

1 any of a family (Ursidae) of large, heavy, omnivorous carnivores that walk flat on the soles of their feet and have shaggy fur and a very short tail: bears are native to temperate and arctic zones
2 a person who is clumsy, rude, gruff, churlish, etc.
3 short for bearskin jobber < phr. to sell the bearskin, i.e., to sell the skin before the bear is caught, a person who believes prices on the stock or commodity markets are going to decline, esp. one who sells shares, etc. in the expectation of buying them later at a lower price
4 [Slang] a difficult task "checking these computer files is a real bear"
falling in price "a bear market"

be a bear for punishment to be able to withstand much rough treatment; be rugged, tough, determined, etc.
the Bear the constellation Ursa Major or Ursa Minor

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leggobird Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
My own father is guilty of this on a daily basis, and it drives me up the wall. What's worse is he gets defensive if you point it out, so there is no correcting him. *sigh* I make sure I've got all my words right before anyone else ever sees or hears them!
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Some people are just so childish and immature, aren't they. **shakes head** Yeah, I try to make sure all my stuff is typed correctly before I post too. And if I do make a mistake, I'm gracious enough to go "Oh, my bad, lemme fix that." and I fix my errors. I mean it's not a big deal. A little embarassing maybe, but still, it's not hard to just go and fix it, right?
leggobird Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
**nod** Indeed. There's no reason to get defensive, just acknowledge your mistake and fix it. Real easy.
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, exactly. You and I and most other reasonable people know and understand this.
Snowland316 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
You don't have to tell me twice! I've NEVER made those foolish mistakes. It really irritates me as well.

These unneeded "misconceptions" always irritate me:

weather instead of "whether" (So a thunderstorm is the proper term instead of "whether". XD)
their instead of "they're"
too instead of "to" (and vice versa)
your instead of "you're"
"It's" used as a possessive form when it really is "its". (I had a lengthy online argument on this. "The dog wagged it's tail." literally is "The dog wagged it is tail." yet I'M the one who is stupid when I use the correct form "The dog wagged its tail." *rolls eyes*)

Ridiculous I tell you!
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agreed, thus my posting. >.< The rampant butchery of the English language by native speakers is utterly disgusting, honestly...
Snowland316 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
It really is. *shakes head*
FanGirlMary Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I usually don't get these mixed up thank goodness. :phew: it's the times that I actually use really long words when writing that I occasionally screw up the spelling then either have to Google it or look in the dictionary I have at home.
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
**nods** Yeah, I mostly have issues with double letters, sometimes forgetting to put them in where they should be, or adding them where they're not supposed to be. XD It gets amusing pretty quick sometimes, but thankfully my browser's spell check catches those. And like you, if I'm unsure about a word, I grab my dictionary/thesaurus program and poke it for the correct spelling or for alternate words I can use to say the same thing. That's what being a writer is all about anyway, learning to use the whole language to describe things instead of being boringly repetitive all the time. LOL
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