-ward vs. -wards In American English, the preferred suffix is -ward—for example, westward, forward, backward, downward. Outside American English, -wards is preferred—so, westwards, forwards, backwards, and downwards. But it’s not a clean distinction, and both suffixes are used everywhere. The -ward suffix may be placed at the end of any noun without requiring a hyphen. Spell check may catch words like cityward, mountainward, oceanward, or workward, but that shouldn’t stop us from using them. Adjectives and adverbs Words ending in -ward and -wards can …
Site: where something is located. Sight: something seen or worth seeing.
In modern English, bate appears almost exclusively in the phrase bated breath.
namely or that is to say.
Could care less is now an established idiom in the U.S., though it still faces resistance, and it has by no means supplanted couldn’t care less.
Bridle: horses. Bridal: weddings.