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The English language can be a bit complicated when it comes to “Ax or Axe”; this is because these words are homophones (words that sound alike) and have close meanings.
The only discrepancy is that one has an “e” while the other is written without an “e”. The more amazing difference is in the usage, of which one is used only in American English while the other is correct for British English.
As you read through this article, I will explain the difference between them, the usage, and the idioms associated with each of them, so read on.
Ax can be used as a verb and also a noun depending on the context of usage. It is the preferred usage in American English. Ax is a tool for chopping wood into portions but informally, it could also mean the division of a unit or release from employment.
Ax has a long wooden handle and an iron head that makes it heavy to carry. On the other hand, as a verb, it can mean the process of cutting down or removing something.
Having the same meaning as “Ax”, the only difference is that “Axe” is the preferred usage in British English. It is also a tool for chopping wood into portions.
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I guess you will be wondering what the plural of Ax is; well, its Axes, same as the Axe. Ax or Axe have the same plural as Axes. Writing the plural of Ax as “Axs” is incorrect.
In an office, if an employee has an axe Hanging Over his head, he has the tendency of being fired or sacked.
In an office or a workplace, if you are getting the axe, it means you will lose your job or get fired.
Generally, having an axe to grind means having a strong motive or reason for doing something. On the other hand, it could also mean a complaint you want to resolve with someone.
Awesome one, I hope this article answered your question.