hail vs hale : Common Errors in English

About hail vs hale

One old meaning of the word “hale” is “to drag,” especially by force. In modern usage it has been replaced with “haul” except in the standard phrase “hale into court.” People who can’t make sense of this form often misspell the phrase as “hail into court.” To be hailed is to be greeted enthusiastically, with praise. People haled into court normally go reluctantly, not expecting any such warm reception.

hail Meaning(s)

  • (n) precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
  • (n) many objects thrown forcefully through the air
  • (n) enthusiastic greeting
  • (v) praise vociferously
  • (v) be a native of
  • (v) call for
  • (v) greet enthusiastically or joyfully
  • (v) precipitate as small ice particles

hale Meaning(s)

  • (n) a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776)
  • (n) United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
  • (n) prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
  • (v) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
  • (v) draw slowly or heavily
  • (s) exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

hail in News

  1. Women hail feds' NY contraceptive ruling stance

    Women hail feds' NY contraceptive ruling stance Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:41 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013 NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for women's rights say the federal government's decision to comply with a New York judge's ruling giving all girls easy access to ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: seattlepi.com

  2. Tornadoes, High Winds and Hail Delay Flights, Damage Buildings

    Several tornadoes, high winds and hail brought down power lines and trees and damaged buildings across the U.S. Midwest, even as the chance of a massive rare storm dwindled, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Hail, Lightning & Tree-Toppling Winds: Md. In Line For Massive Storms

    An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds Wednesday could affect more than one in five Americans as it reaches Maryland from Iowa.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS Baltimore

hale in News

  1. Lucy Hale Named Mark's New Beauty Ambassador

    Lucy Hale is named the new beauty ambassador for Mark!
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MTV

  2. Hale To Resign

    Mineola School Board vice president to step down in July Mineola School Board Vice President Terence Hale will resign from his post on July 2 under pressure from a soon-to-be-former colleague. Trustee Irene Parrino, who was unseated by challenger Patricia Navarra in the latest school board election, served Hale with papers requesting the New York State Education Commissioner John B. King remove ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Mineola American

  3. Hale Center police investigating shooting from Sunday night

    The Hale Center Police Chief says officers were called to the area of Avenue E and 2nd Street Sunday night after multiple reports of gunshots.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KCBD-TV Lubbock

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