bonds vs bounds : Common Errors in English

About bonds vs bounds

In expressions like “beyond the bounds of credibility” and “beyond the bounds of decency” the word “bounds” is short for “boundaries,” and means “limits.” Many people transform these sayings by substituting “bonds” for “bounds,” evidently thinking of people straining against restraints, even going so far as to speak of the bonds of credibility being stretched or broken. This usage makes a sort of sense, but it is not traditional.

bounds Meaning(s)

  • (n) the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

bonds in News

  1. Italian Bonds Fall 6th Week Amid Fed Concern; German Bunds Gain

    Italian government bonds fell for a sixth week, the longest losing streak in a year, amid concern the Federal Reserve will slow its asset-purchase program that has boosted higher-yielding securities around the world.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. German Bonds Rise for Fourth Day Before Euro-Area Inflation Data

    German government bonds advanced, with 10-year securities rising for a fourth day, before a report economists said will confirm consumer-price inflation in the euro area accelerated last month.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Taiwan Bonds Advance on China Growth Concern; Local Dollar Gains

    Taiwan’s bonds advanced, pushing the five-year yield toward the lowest level in three weeks, as concern about an economic slowdown in China spurred demand for government debt. The local dollar gained.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

bounds in News

  1. Golf-Garcia back in damage limitation mode, this time at Merion

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARDMORE, Pennsylvania, June 13 (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia had to dig himself out of a hole after offending Tiger Woods last month, then had to claw his way back from an horrendous start to the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The Spaniard twice went out-of-bounds on his first eight holes at Merion Golf Club, plummeting to seven over par, before covering his final ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Golf-Garcia back in damage limitation mode, this time at Merion

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARDMORE, Pennsylvania, June 13 (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia had to dig himself out of a hole after offending Tiger Woods last month, then had to claw his way back from an horrendous start to the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The Spaniard twice went out-of-bounds on his first eight holes at Merion Golf Club, plummeting to seven over par, before covering his final ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Get An Inside Look As This Poor Lamborghini Crashes On The Track

    Driving on a track is a lot of fun, but sometimes you overstep the bounds. Like this Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo that takes a wild ride at 150 MPH. The scene is the Misano Circuit in Italy, on a tricky nearly flat out right hander at the end of the straight. The poor little Lambo overcooks it, gets loose, and then hits the walls. Thankfully, it's still drivable. I've actually driven Misano ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Jalopnik

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