taunt vs taut vs tout :

taunt or taut or tout

I am told that medical personnel often mistakenly refer to a patient’s abdomen as “taunt” rather than the correct “taut.” “Taunt” (“tease” or “mock”) can be a verb or noun, but never an adjective. “Taut” means “tight, distended,” and is always an adjective. “Taut” is also occasionally misspelled “taught.”Don’t confuse “taunt” with “tout,” which means “promote,” as in “Senator Bilgewater has been touted as a Presidential candidate.” You tout somebody you admire and taunt someone that you don’t.

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Definitions

  • n  aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
  • v  harass with persistent criticism or carping

  • s  pulled or drawn tight
    taut sails
  • s  subjected to great tension; stretched tight
    her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow

  • n  someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit
  • n  someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way
  • n  one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack)
  • v  advertize in strongly positive terms
    This product was touted as a revolutionary invention
  • v  show off
News & Articles

  • Paris Gossip: Is Boeing 777X a Paper Airplane? Is A350 an Orphan?
    PARIS (TheStreet) -- The duopoly aircraft makers, both sporting year-to-date stock price gains in the 35% range, will flaunt their latest wide-body offerings and taunt their competitors at the Paris Air Show, which opens Monday. The first flight of the A350 is scheduled for Friday in Toulouse, France, Airbus' headquarters, guaranteeing that the new aircraft and the possibility of an appearance ...
    June 13, 2013 - TheStreet.com
  • Paris Gossip: Is Boeing 777X a Paper Airplane? Is A350 an Orphan?
    PARIS (TheStreet) -- The duopoly aircraft makers, both sporting year-to-date stock price gains in the 35% range, will flaunt their latest wide-body offerings and taunt their competitors at the Paris Air Show, which opens Monday. The first flight of the A350 is scheduled for Friday in Toulouse, France, Airbus' headquarters, guaranteeing that the new aircraft and the possibility of an appearance ...
    June 13, 2013 - TheStreet.com
  • 'Les Mis,' 'Spamalot' part of Midtown Arts Center's 2013-14 season
    From a tragic French Broadway classic to a saucy French knight ready to taunt audiences, Midtown Arts Center's 2013-2014 season truly runs the gamut.
    June 12, 2013 - The Fort Collins Coloradoan