Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This month-old photograph, of a cottage along side an expanse of dunes, probably has quite a different look these days. With the plywood off the windows and July days approaching, it'll be a prime piece of real estate. to (while away/wile away) summer afternoons and evenings at the beach. Ok, so here I am again at another 'language dilemma'. Is it 'while away' or 'wile away'? 'While away' means to cause time to pass in a pleasant way, so 'while' makes sense for sure. On the other hand 'wile' means to 'lure or entice', so 'wile' makes perfect sense here too. Answer? They are both correct. Here, on a warm July night sipping a beverage, I would indeed be in a 'pleasant way', and I'd certainly be 'enticed and lured' to this spot. Now, that's a long way from plywood covered windows in May! And... I learned something new too!