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Body ache word doubt

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:17 pm
by KanoWhitman
Hi everyone. Thanks for reading.

I've been looking for a proper answer to this question on the web but it's been fruitless.
A student asked me why "Body Ache" goes separately and all the other "Aches" go together. I also know there are different spelling for the same word too. Think about "headache", "stomachache", "stomach ache", "heartache"
I thought it's just a matter of language arbitrariness. Is there a rule for 'these words? Could they be spelled in both ways? The thing is I haven't found the word "Bodyache" (I have bodyaches)
I'd like to know if someone has another possible answer to this.

Thanks again. Any answer will be helpful.

Re: Body ache word doubt

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:11 pm
by Joe
What is a bodyache? I don't think that word exists.

The following page on aches may help you:
https://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Pow ... s_2945.php

Re: Body ache word doubt

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:25 pm
by KanoWhitman
It does.
https://www.healthline.com/health/body-aches

Re: Body ache word doubt

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:41 am
by Firefox
It seems you answered you own question in your original post. The term "bodyache" is not in the dictionary.

We may say "I have body aches" but I don't think we say "I have a body ache".

The concept of a (single) body ache doesn't seem to exist. Only individual body aches in various parts of the body.

Re: Body ache word doubt

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:37 am
by KanoWhitman
My doubt is if you can spell bodyaches just like headaches or toothaches, since the last two can also be spelled head aches and tooth aches. Separately.

Re: Body ache word doubt

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:22 am
by elmirau
Very interesting question. Thanks. Made me think about it. I didn't realize that you can do it both ways.

Re: Body ache word doubt

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:13 am
by Joe
KanoWhitman wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:37 am
My doubt is if you can spell bodyaches just like headaches or toothaches, since the last two can also be spelled head aches and tooth aches. Separately.
Given that the word "bodyache" does not exist, it follows that there is no plural form of it.

Even the webpage that you cite does not refer to "bodyaches" but to "body aches".

bodyaches :nok:
body aches :ok:

Just out of interest, what do think a "bodyache" would be (if it existed)?