Have you ever read the word swath and wondered if it should be swathe?
Swath is a noun and refers to a path made by mowing or cutting, as with a scythe or similar instrument, but it’s often used in literature in a more figurative sense to indicate something that is like a path left by such actions or something that could be thought of as similar to a bandage, belt or strip. It can also mean the ridge or line of mown or scythed grass.
Swathe is a verb, meaning to wrap, bind or swaddle with narrow bands of some type of material. It can also mean to enfold or envelop. Although swathe is a verb, it is sometimes used as a noun and then it means a bandage, wrapping or strip of linen.
A bit confusing, I know, but if you stick to using swath as a noun and swathe as a verb you won’t go wrong.
The man cut a swath through the field of rye.
Swathe the wound with strips of linen.
This is an exciting line-up of books on my to-read list. Check them out and let me know what you think.
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
With the release of the movie by the same title, it’s not surprising that this book has reached the bestseller lists. Can’t wait to read it.
Hard Choices – Hillary Rodham Clinton
Love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has had a profound effect on the policies of the USA, using her position as First Lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, and later her status as United States Secretary of State and U.S. Senator. It should be an absorbing read.
Written In My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon
This is the eighth in the Outlander series and is set against the turbulent background of North American history from June 1778 onwards.
Mr Mercedes – Stephen King
This latest Stephen King novel promises to be just as heart-stopping as his previous reads. Hold on to your seat! It’s bound to be a thrilling ride.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angleou (autobiography)
With the sad passing of this renowned poet, I think many of us would like to know more about her inspiring life.
If I Stay – Gayle Foreman
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says.