Correct spelling, explanation: swallow derives from Germanic languages and it was already used in Old English, in which it looked as swelgan. Other languages used swallow, too, as in the Dutch language it had the form of zwelgen while schwelgen was a German word. It took a few centuries before swallow got the form that is used in modern English.
Definition of swallow:
1. verb – to use the muscles in your throat to eat or drink; to take something over; to accept something you don’t want to accept without showing any emotions.
Do not swallow such big pieces of food as you can choke.
It’s a peaceful village at the time being, but in a few years, the city will swallow it.
Every time I see him with another woman I need to swallow my tears and sadness which is growing inside me.
Expressions with swallow:
A few common expressions with swallow include:
1. swallow the watermelon seed – to get pregnant;
If you don’t want to swallow the watermelon seed, always remember to protect yourself during sex.
2. a bitter pill to swallow – something unpleasant to accept;
Living with my bully under one roof is a bitter pill to swallow, but I have no choice.
3. swallow dive – a type of dive into the water;
She performed an amazing swallow dive, which impressed everyone.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: swallow is an English word that is very often spelled in the wrong way. Probably, it is the consequence of the pronunciation of swallow, which suggests that there isn’t an -a letter in the first syllable, but an -o letter. Therefore, a popular mistake is to spell swallow as
swollow, which is incorrect.
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