Win-dy vs. Wine-dy
I recently ran into a confusion with this word. I've often heard the word "windy", prounced "wine-dy", and used to refer to a curvy road. Presumably it's just a diminuitive of "winding". But I can't think of any alternate way of spelling it to make clear which version of "windy" is implied. Spoken out loud, it's very clear what you mean when you say a "win-dy" road or a "wine-dy" road, but when you type it out, the distinction is lost. While I understand that "wine-dy" is most likely not an actual word, (having searched several online and paper dictionaries) it does seem to be in common enough usage to warrant some sort of mention. Not sure what's this site's policy is on words which are in common usage even if they're technically incorrect or informal. And since in this case, it's a word with two different definitions and pronunciations but no difference in spelling, I'm not sure what the best way of dealing with this would be... --Lurlock 14:42, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
- See for instance the several hundred Google hits for "long and windy road" instead of the Beatle's "winding". DAVilla 15:04, 10 October 2006 (UTC)
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Are these also acceptable? Colloquial perhaps? DAVilla 15:04, 10 October 2006 (UTC)
I had the same question. When I need to use the word "windy" to mean curving, I use winding to avoid confusion. The winding roads were steep as opposed to the windy roads were steep so you don't wonder if it was windy (too much wind) or windy (meaning curving). Good Luck.