Friday, November 22, 2019

The Difference Between Sore vs. Soar

The Difference Between Sore vs. Soar The words soar and sore are English homophones, meaning they sound alike but have different meanings. Definitions The verb soar means to rise or fly high in the air. Soar also means to rise above the ordinary level. As an adjective, sore means feeling pain, sorrow, distress, or resentment. The noun sore refers to a blister or some other source of pain or irritation. Examples Oscar watched the spotted eagle soar and then sweep low.The housing market in Canadas largest  cities has priced out many would-be buyers, leaving them stuck in their current homes as new listings hit  six-year lows and prices soar.(Reuters, Moving on Up? Not in This Canadian Housing Market. The New York Times, June 8, 2016)Another time  she  wakened to see a ball of fire, a kind of lit-up soap bubble, soar from one roof to another and sink behind it. She was aware that what she saw was the spirit of someone who had just died.(Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Key. A Friend of Kafka and Other Stories, 1970)If you feel sore after exercising, you may need to wait a day or two before you stretch.Even a small loan between friends can become a sore point in the relationship.The Chambers of Commerce are still trying to build a freeway through the Ozarks, and I am  still sore about  it.(Roy Reed, Looking for Hogeye.  University of North Carolina Press, 1986) Idiom Alerts The expression sore loser refers to someone who becomes angry or upset after losing a fair competition.In public he was willing to laugh at himself but in private he was not, and whether the game was billiards or business, he  was a very sore loser. When he could fire the men he thought had betrayed him he would.(John D. Seelye, Mark Twain in the Movies. Viking, 1977)The expression sore spot refers to something thats physically or mentally painful or sensitive.Though she had long since grown used to my dedication at the office and now accepted it as part of my character, I knew it had always been  a sore spot with  her.(Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding. Perfection Learning, 2005)The expression sight for sore eyes  refers to someone or something thats a welcome sight and/or particularly attractive.My!  Mrs. Evans! you are certainly a  sight for sore eyes!  I dont know how you manage to look so unruffled and cool and young! With all those children.(James Baldwin,  Blues for Mister Charlie. Dial Press, 1964) Practice Quiz (a) In 1903, the Wright Brothers became the first humans to _____  aloft in a power-driven airplane.(b) After spending the night on the living room sofa, I woke up feeling _____  all over.(c) The  Evening Star Baptist Church was crowded  when I arrived and the service had begun. The members were rousing a song, urging the music to _____  beyond  all physical boundaries.(Maya Angelou,  Singin and Swingin and Gettin Merry Like Christmas. Random House, 1997) Answers to Practice Exercises (a) In 1903, the Wright Brothers became the first humans to soar aloft in a power-driven airplane.(b) After spending the night on the living room sofa, I woke up feeling sore all over.(c) The  Evening Star Baptist Church was crowded  when I arrived and the service had begun. The members were rousing a song, urging the music to soar beyond  all physical boundaries.(Maya Angelou,  Singin and Swingin and Gettin Merry Like Christmas. Random House, 1997)

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