Incorrect spelling, explanation: the word
jist is considered a mistake because it is not a standard or recognized word in the English language. The correct and widely accepted term is gist – it’s the form recognized by dictionaries, style guides, and formal written and spoken communication. While gist is typically pronounced with a -g sound, the pronunciation may vary in different accents and dialects, sometimes sounding like a -j sound. However, spelling conventions are based on the standard pronunciation and etymology of words.
Correct spelling, explanation: the word gist has its origins in the Old French word gist, which comes from the verb gistre (or jostrer), meaning to lie or to be based. This Old French term was derived from the Latin word jacere, meaning to lie or to throw. Over time, gist in Middle English came to refer to the essential or main point of something, often the central idea or summary of a matter. Sometimes people confuse the word gist with the nonexistent form
jist, but that is an error.
Definition of gist:
noun, the substance or general meaning of a speech or text
I don’t have time to read the whole book right now, so can you give me the gist of the story?
The professor’s lecture was so detailed that it was hard to grasp the gist of his argument without taking thorough notes.
Collocations with gist:
Some most commonly used collocations include:
1. Grasp/comprehend the gist: these expressions indicate the successful understanding of the central point or main idea of a topic or conversation.
It took me a while, but I finally grasped the gist of the story.
2. The gist of the matter/issue: this collocation is often used to specify what the main point or essence pertains to.
Let me explain the gist of the issue, and then we can discuss the details.
3. Narrow down the gist: this phrase is used when you want to focus or refine the main point or essential aspect of something.
Let’s narrow down the gist of our discussion to the key factors affecting our decision.
4. The gist of the argument/case: this collocation is used to specify the main point or central idea in the context of a debate or legal matter.
The lawyer presented the gist of the case to the jury, highlighting the crucial evidence and arguments.
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