I will not correct someone's 'baited breath' in someone else's… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
Just remember you don't want your characters to have fishy breath and it's much easier to remember.
Also, as English isn't your first language, you get a pass (how *I* missed it, I don't know). These are supposed native speakers of English, but they obviously don't see that phrase written out very often (and likely see it wrong when they do, because I am seeing it EVERYWHERE right now).
Think 'bated' shortened version of 'abated' meaning 'stopped or lessened'
Edited at 2011-05-06 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, once I manage to connect it to that Shakespeare quote (Merchant of Venice I think), I think it'll be ingrained in my brain. I need context for my words... ;) The problem is for most people, probably, that the word in itself is not used any more. Even 'abated' fell out of use.
I think I still use it for wind (not until the wind abates a bit) but I might be a bit weird. ;P