Feats of daring-do

Of course, this should be derring-do. But the misspelling is understandable given the meaning of the word and its origins.

https://pixabay.com/en/biker-motorcycle-stunt-man-person-384921/Derring-do is pleasantly archaic and often used humorously in modern writing.* It means actions showing heroic courage or feats of daring.

The word originated from the late Middle English dorryng do (meaningdaring to do’) being misprinted as derrynge do in the 16th-century editions of John Lydgate’s Chronicle of Troy.

The modern usage and spelling is usually most associated with Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.

*I would love to proofread a story where derring-do doesn’t look out of place. I am imagining pirates. Or an old-fashioned superhero.


8 thoughts on “Feats of daring-do

    • Thank you so much! That is an interesting question. It is my understanding that the answer is no (the word stems from a misprint that has no modern usage) but I would be pleased to hear from anyone who knows better!

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  1. Good one. Reminds me of another one I’ve seen misused a lot. To ‘pore over’ something is to study it carefully; a ‘pour over’ is what they do at Starbucks when they’re out of brewed coffee.


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