After seeing repetitive mis-use of this phrase, I thought I should bring this up.
What's the difference between 'bated' and 'baited',you may ask? Well, 'bated' is actually a short-form for 'abated' which means to 'bring down,lower
or depress'. Bait,in simple terms,means 'to lure' or something used as a lure.
So,a person can speak in 'bated' breath but to wait with 'bated' breath doesn't make sense,in my opinion. And 'baiting' of breath isn't even in the
realm of possibility given the meaning of bait.
The article linked above shows us that the mistake of using 'baited' instead of 'bated' even appears in a popular book. Books,generally speaking, seem
to be written now days merely to appeal to the widest audience possible in order to make the most money possible without much regard as to the real
value or accuracy of the content.
This situation brings to mind a couple of good quotes about writing:
"The multitude of books is making us ignorant." —Voltaire
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason. They made no such demand upon those who wrote them. ~Charles
Quantity over quality seems to be the name of the game and for this reason,our language is becoming less carefully monitored for accuracy and value of
contents. So,it stands to reason that people should be more diligent when it comes to clarification of language as a commonly accepted usage of a
word, phrase or idea may be inaccurate.
I'm not trying to be a 'holier-than-thou' intellectual stooge here. I just thought it was worth mentioning for any who might care. Just because
something is written in a book,doesn't mean it is accurate. I'm just trying to be helpful.
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