brunt vs butt : Common Errors in English

About brunt vs butt

A person who is the target of jokers is the butt of their humor (from an old meaning of the word “butt”: target for shooting at). But the object of this joking has to bear the brunt of the mockery (from an old word meaning a sharp blow or attack). A person is never a brunt. The person being attacked receives the brunt of it.

brunt Meaning(s)

  • (n) main force of a blow etc

butt Meaning(s)

  • (n) thick end of the handle
  • (n) the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
  • (n) a victim of ridicule or pranks
  • (n) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  • (n) sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
  • (n) finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
  • (n) a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
  • (n) a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
  • (n) the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
  • (v) lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
  • (v) to strike, thrust or shove against
  • (v) place end to end without overlapping

brunt in News

  1. Boston Bruins fans make Game 1 a night at the movies

    NASHUA – Imagine being one person, armed with only a flashlight, trying to calm down hundreds of excited Boston Bruins fans. It’s not an ideal situation if it happens once. But Chunky’s Cinema’s staff are facing the possibility of doing it seven times. On Wednesday night, incessant talkers and texters got a break as the few present Chicago Blackhawks fans took the brunt of the dirty looks at ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Nashua Telegraph

  2. What Dad Actually Wants for Father's Day

    Dads still bear the brunt of the financial burden in most families, but here are five ways you can ease their stress on Father's Day.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: FOX Business

  3. Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Who Put Up With Coolatta Bigot Gets Some Recognition

    "I can't wait to put this on Facebook." That awesome Dunkin' Donuts clerk who patiently bore the brunt of a particularly hateful and expletive-filled customer rant will be recognized by the fast-food chain , somehow. Incensed that she hadn't been issued a receipt or something, the woman returned to the offensive franchise and recorded her epically depressing confrontation with the shop's ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Magazine

butt in News

  1. Cigarette butt leads to ID of 2006 double homicide suspect

    A 2006 double homicide case has been solved because of DNA evidence recovered from a cigarette butt, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office. The cigarette butt was found in the inside of the victims' truck and deputies said the DNA profile revealed the identity of Jose Martinez, who was already in the system for crimes he committed in California. Martinez, who authorities say is a drug ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Local 6 Orlando

  2. Jezebel Butt Plugs and Bitches: The Emails West Point Doesn't Want You to See | Gawker 'Naked, Spitt

    Jezebel Butt Plugs and Bitches: The Emails West Point Doesn't Want You to See | Gawker 'Naked, Spitting, Pissing' Man Goes on Rampage In SF Metro Station | io9 How much of the books will we see next year on Game of Thrones? | Lifehacker Why Some of the World's Most Productive People Have Empty Schedules Read more...        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Gawker

  3. Butt Slap Puts Ochocinco In Jail For 30 Days

    It's the butt slap felt around the sporting world and it cost one former Pro Bowl wide receiver 30 days in jail.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: CBS Detroit

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