Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ball/bawl: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, December 2, 2014

To “bawl” is to cry out loudly, so when you break down in tears you bawl like a baby and when you reprimand people severely you bawl them out. Don’t use “ball” in these sorts of expressions. It has a number of meanings, but none of them have to do with shouting and wailing unless you’re shouting “play ball!”

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