Bated Breath And Baited Breath Always Cause Confusion – by Derek Haines…

on Just Publishing Advice:

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the spelling baited breath instead of bated breath is a common mistake.

It also says that nearly a third of citations for this idiom in the Oxford English Corpus use the incorrect choice of spelling.

The confusion about the correct form of this idiom is because the word bated is not in use today.

The only time you will see the word is in the expression, bated breath.

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