A few notes. One, another grammatical pet peeve of mine. It’s short, so don’t worry.
It is amazing how the simple addition of an extra letter can change the meaning of a word so drastically. I talked before about every day and everyday, and those don’t even have any difference in their lettering – only in the addition or deletion of a space. Today, for your benefit and my sanity, I am going to quickly illuminate the difference between the words “Lightning” and “Lightening.”
LIGHTNING, no E, is the weather. Here is Lightning illustrated:
Recently, in I think two different sample manuscripts I was reading, the word “Lightening” was used to refer to the weather pattern illustrated above. I haven’t illustrated “Lightening” for you, namely because the first definition that came up on Dictionary.com was this one:
Lightening (n) – the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity, occurring toward the end of pregnancy, changing the contour of the abdomen and facilitating breathing by lessening pressure under the diaphragm.