daring-do vs derring-do : Common Errors in English

About daring-do vs derring-do

The expression logically should be “feats of daring-do” because that’s just what it means: deeds of extreme daring. But through a chain of misunderstandings explained in the Oxford English Dictionary, the standard form evolved with the unusual spelling “derring-do,” and “daring-do” is an error.

derring-do Meaning(s)

  • (n) brave and heroic feats

derring-do in News

  1. Spy-for-hire plays a dangerous game in captivating 'The East'

    More than a few pop culture artifacts have taken shape out of readers', moviegoers' and TV viewers' eagerness to identify with spies like us. The deceptions, disguises and derring-do are poten…
    on June 22, 2013 Source: Provo Daily Herald

  2. North All-Stars edge South, 4-2

    Thursday June 20, 2013 PITTSFIELD -- In a game where the talent level was pretty even, a little derring-do by Wahconah's Bethany McBain was the difference. McBain reached first on an error and advanced around the diamond via some savvy baserunning to score the run that broke a 1-1 tie and helped the North All-Stars defeat the South, 4-2 in the annual Berkshire County Softball
    on June 20, 2013 Source: North Adams Transcript

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