Make Your Editor Cry: Bight vs. Bite vs. Byte

Make Your Editor Cry:  Bight vs. Bite vs. Byte

A bite is a portion that is taken away by the rasping of teeth or the wound left from the rasping of teeth. A bite may also refer to the nibbling of a fish on a lure or bait. Bite may mean a small amount to eat. Bite also functions as a verb meaning to clamp down on something with the teeth or tear something away with the teeth, or the nibbling of a fish on a lure or bait.

A byte is a unit of computer memory. One byte is usually eight bits and is processed as a single unit of data. A single byte can have values ranging from 00000000 to 11111111 in binary form, which can be conveniently represented as 00 to FF in hexadecimal.

A bight is also a loop in a rope or strap. When paratroopers hold some intentional slack in the static line before departing from the aircraft, that slack is called a bight.

They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Paratroopers don’t make you stronger. Paratroopers kill you.

Obviously, you don’t want to confuse these three words.

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