Monday, January 31, 2005

Baited breath or bated breath?

I never can remember which one it is, but now that I know it's a contraction of 'abated breath', it makes it a bit easier to remember how to spell it properly. Apparently it was first used by Ol' Dickie Wigglestaff in The Merchant of Venice:

Shall I bend low and, in a bondman's key
With bated breath and whisp'ring humbleness
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