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For example, when writing directions, is it bare or bear to the left? Bare sounds naked but bear sounds like the animal. Neither seems correct and it's been decades since english class. Which is it? Or something better?

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atikovi said:   For example, when writing directions, is it bare or bear to the left? Bare sounds naked but bear sounds like the animal. Neither seems correct and it's been decades since english class. Which is it? Or something better?
Bear.

General rule: Most of the time use bear. Only use bare for something uncovered.  

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atikovi said:    when writing directions, is it bare or bear to the left? Bare sounds naked but bear sounds like the animal. 
Warning directions? Bear, left!
Driving directions? Bear left.
Stripping directions? Bare left.

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bear1
ber/
verb
verb: bear; 3rd person present: bears; past tense: bore; gerund or present participle: bearing; past participle: borne
1.
(of a person) carry.
"he was bearing a tray of brimming glasses"
synonyms: carry, bring, transport, move, convey, take, fetch, deliver, tote, lug
"I come bearing gifts"
(of a vehicle or boat) convey (passengers or cargo).
"steamboats bear the traveler out of Kerrerra Sound"
have or display as a visible mark or feature.
"a small boat bearing a white flag"
synonyms: display, exhibit, be marked with, show, carry, have
"the bag bore my name"
be called by (a name or title).
"he bore the surname Tiller"
carry or conduct oneself in a particular manner.
"she bore herself with dignity"
synonyms: conduct oneself, carry oneself, acquit oneself, act, behave, perform; formalcomport oneself
"he bore himself with confidence"
2.
support.
"walls that cannot bear a stone vault"
synonyms: support, carry, hold up, prop up
"will it bear his weight?"
take responsibility for.
"no one likes to bear the responsibility for such decisions"
synonyms: sustain, carry, support, shoulder, absorb, take on
"they can't bear the cost alone"
be able to accept or stand up to.
"it is doubtful whether either of these distinctions would bear scrutiny"
synonyms: withstand, stand up to, stand, put up with, take, cope with, handle, sustain, accept
"such a solution does not bear close scrutiny"
3.
endure (an ordeal or difficulty).
"she bore the pain stoically"
manage to tolerate (a situation or experience).
"she could hardly bear his sarcasm"
synonyms: endure, tolerate, put up with, stand, abide, submit to, experience, undergo, go through, countenance, brave, weather, stomach; More
informalhack, swallow;
formalbrook;
archaicsuffer
"I can't bear having him around"
strongly dislike.
"I can't bear Caviar
"
4.
give birth to (a child).
"she bore six daughters"
synonyms: give birth to, bring forth, deliver, be delivered of, have, produce, spawn, birth; More
informaldrop;
literarybeget
"she bore a son"
(of a tree or plant) produce (fruit or flowers).
"a squash that bears fruit shaped like cucumbers"
synonyms: produce, yield, give forth, give, grow, provide, supply
"a shrub that bears yellow berries"
5.
turn and proceed in a specified direction.
"bear left and follow the old road"
synonyms: veer, curve, swerve, fork, diverge, deviate, turn, bend
"bear left at the junction"

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OK bear it is.

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When gambling and playing for money, the loser should to grin and bear it.
When gambling and playing for clothes, the loser should grin and bare it.

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I support your right to arm bears and to bare arms.

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In Hamilton the musical Aaron burr sings what sounds like, "we rode across the Hudson at dawn. " it took me a while to realize that he's not talking about a car on a bridge, cause neither the car nor the bridge exist yet. The line is, "we rowed across the Hudson at dawn. " that helps me gain perspective: I've never been mad enough at someone that I would row across a river to shoot him.

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So, was Fuzzy Wuzzy a bear or a bare?

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Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bare bear, unless he wasn't.
 

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It's Bear...

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SMOKEY was a Bear

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Dovetonsils said:   SMOKEY was a Bear
Someone shaved smokey.

He's now a bare bear.

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Oh My! (12.74kB)
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Lions and tigers and bares, oh my!
(pic hint: Dorothy with basket)

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