hark vs hearken : Common Errors in English

About hark vs hearken

One old use of the word “hark” was in hunting with hounds, meaning to turn the dogs back on their course, reverse direction. It was this use that gave rise to the expression “hark back.” It refers to returning in thought to an earlier time or returning to an earlier discussion: “That tie-died shirt harks back to the days we used to go to rock festivals together.”The expression is not “hearkens back.” Although “hark” and “hearken” can both mean “listen,” only “hark” can mean “go back.”

hark Meaning(s)

  • (v) listen; used mostly in the imperative

hearken Meaning(s)

  • (v) listen; used mostly in the imperative

hark in News

  1. moe. Announce Brooklyn Bowl Show

    moe. will play the Brooklyn Bowl on June 25. The band has announced that the concert will be dedicated to a longtime fan, Steve Hark (aka Kozmik Pod), who lost his battle with cancer last month.
    on June 17, 2013 Source: Jambands.com

  2. Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill to Attend 'Man of Steel' China Premiere at Shanghai Festival

    The director and star of the Superman reboot will attend a gala event and screening at the fest on June 19, while Hong Kong auteur Tsui Hark is set to receive an honorary award. read more        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Hollywood Reporter

hearken in News

  1. Boy Scouts prepare 300-year time capsule

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three hundred years from now, Boy Scouts will open up a time capsule stuffed full of patches, documents and other memorabilia that will hearken back to the first official day of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at its new home among...
    on July 17, 2013 Source: Charleston Daily Mail

  2. Tiger Woods Will Come Back Strong from Elbow Injury at 2013 British Open

    After a month of rest, Tiger Woods and his sore left elbow will be ready to rock and roll at the 2013 British Open .  It's funny how quickly opinions change. Hearken back, if you will, to mid-May of this current season.  Woods was a dynamo who couldn't be stopped, and this isn't just my opinion—he was playing as he did in the days of old. After Woods won The Players Championship , nobody could ...
    on July 16, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

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