Holey vs. Holy vs. Wholly

Lexical Vexations

holey adj. having one or more holes.

holy adj. divine.

wholly adv. in its entirety; altogether.

Words in the Wild: To Katia’s annoyance, her mother insisted that wearing holey tights was wholly inappropriate on such a holy occasion.

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