dredge vs drudge vs trudge : Common Errors in English

About dredge vs drudge vs trudge

You use machinery to scoop stuff up from underwater—called a dredge—to dredge up gunk or debris from the bottom of a river or lake. Metaphorically, you also dredge up old memories, the past, or objects buried in the mess in your room.To drudge is to do hard, annoying work; and a person who does such work can also be called a “drudge.” If you find yourself saying “drudge up” about anything you’re trying to uncover you almost certainly should be using “dredge up” instead. When you slog laboriously up a hill, you trudge up it. Trudging may be drudgery; but the act of walking a difficult path is not drudging, but trudging.And you cooks wondering whether dredging a chicken breast with flour has anything to do with river-bottom dredging will be relieved to know it does not. The two words have completely different origins (“sprinkling” vs. “scooping”).

dredge Meaning(s)

  • (n) a power shovel to remove material from a channel or riverbed
  • (v) cover before cooking
  • (v) search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
  • (v) remove with a power shovel, usually from a bottom of a body of water

drudge Meaning(s)

  • (n) one who works hard at boring tasks
  • (n) a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
  • (v) work hard

trudge Meaning(s)

  • (n) a long difficult walk
  • (v) walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

dredge in News

  1. Rain halts dredging of Hudson River

    High water from this week’s heavy rain stopped efforts to dredge PCBs from the Hudson River until at least noon Friday, during a season in which rain has often helped rather than hindered the project.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Post-Star

  2. Dredging to begin at Rudee Inlet in Va Beach

    VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers is set to begin dredging the Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.   The Wilmington, N.C.-based dredge Meritt will spend four days removing shoaling in the channel.   The project begins Monday.   Engineers expect to dredge about 20,000 cubic yards of material, which will be placed directly north of the entrance channel and inlet jetties.    The $78,000 ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: 13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads

  3. Dredge project field work earns council nod

    Plans to dredge secondary Intracoastal channels north and south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge that connect to residents’ docks are moving along after the Town Council approved a resolution Tuesday to conduct field investigations. The first phase of the project would re-establish 40-foot-wide east-west channels and 60-foot-wide north-south legs, each 6-feet deep. The second phase would extend ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Palm Beach Daily News

drudge in News

  1. Free Beacon latest conservative outlet attacked by hackers after Drudge hits

    The Washington Free Beacon yesterday became the latest victim in a wave of cyber attacks targeting conservative news outlets. The Beacon, in what appears to be a coordinated assault, joined National Journal and radio station WTOP as a target after certain articles were featured on the Drudge Report, one of ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Washington Times

  2. Neil Patrick Harris Said A Word That Rhymed With The N-Word Last Night

    Did nothing interesting at all happen at the Tonys last night? Because all we're hearing about is how Neil Patrick Harris said a word that to some people sounded like the N-word even though it wasn't. BREAKING NEWS DRUDGE SIREN ALERT. The moment some are scrutinizing can be seen below, when NPH sings alongside Mike Tyson in his stellar opening performance, belting out the words: "And make things ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Gothamist

trudge in News

  • U.S. stocks start higher on May job additions

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday, denting weekly losses, as employment rose more-than-expected in May, underlining thinking the economy continues to grow. "The labor market continues to trudge forward at a solid, though unspectacular, pace - not unlike the economy as a whole," Jim Baird, chief investment officer for Plante Morgan Financial Advisers, noted in emailed ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Market Watch

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