viola vs voila : Common Errors in English

About viola vs voila

A viola is a flower or a musical instrument. The expression which means “behold!” is voila. It comes from a French expression literally meaning “look there!” In French it is spelled with a grave accent over the A, as voilà, but when it was adopted into English, it lost its accent. Such barbarous misspellings as “vwala” are even worse, caused by the reluctance of English speakers to believe that OI can represent the sound “wah,” as it usually does in French.“Wallah” is a Hindi word for a worker, and “Walla” is half of the name of the Washington State city of Walla Walla.

viola Meaning(s)

  • (n) any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
  • (n) large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions
  • (n) a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower

viola in News

  1. Viola girl rescued from swollen river after vehicle makes 75-foot jump

    The Viola Fire Department pulled a 17-year-old girl to safety after she spent more than five hours on the roof of her vehicle when it plunged into the Kickapoo River, last Thursday at 12:15 a.m.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Vernon County Broadcaster

  2. Jersey City Councilwoman at large Viola Richardson looks past loss to happy retirement

    By 9 p.m. last night it was clear that Councilwoman at large Viola Richardson had lost her seat on the City Council, overwhelmed by the showing of the three candidates backed by Mayor-elect Steven Fulop.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Jersey Journal

  3. Councilwoman Viola Richardson votes early, calls for 'peaceful' election day in Jersey City

    Three-term incumbent Councilwoman-at-large Viola Richardson, 67, was in a buoyant mood when she arrived to vote at the Sacred Heart School in Ward F in today's Jersey City runoff elections.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Jersey Journal

voila in News

  1. For Dinner Tonight: London Broil

    Despite its fancy sounding name, this dish is easy to prepare and cooks in less than 30 minutes. The London broil cut is lean, so there is little fat or grizzle to contend with. You gotta like that. Pair with a green salad and some mini roasted potatoes and — voila! — instant dinner. The biggest time-consumer here is the wait time that is recommended between prep and cooking (3 hours to ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Detroit Metro Times

  2. Personal Journey: Time to strike out on her own, on overseas adventure

    It all began with a promise to myself several years ago that I would go on an overseas trip alone by the time I reached the age of 50. At 491/2, I was running out of time. Not really knowing where to look, I browsed around Meetup.com, searching for international travel groups. Et voila! The Philadelphia International Adventure Travel Club. I joined immediately.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Philly.com

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