Notes from An Alien

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Do We Really Understand The Words We Use?


Last month I wrote a post called Is That Really A Word?? which included a great video from a woman who helps decide what dictionaries say.

And, while the average person may not consult a dictionary very often, writers certainly should—especially if they have the slightest doubt about meanings…

Naturally, if the writer has no doubt yet is misinformed about the meaning of certain words, they’re spreading confusion.

So, in the interests of clear meaning and thanks to an article on Lifehack about words used incorrectly, I give you, below, their list of 25 Common Words That You’ve Got Wrong. Do go to that link to read what many folks think these words mean vs what they actually mean—with good examples of use.

Heads-Up: a couple of the words in the list mean Nothing :-)

And, to soothe the brains of a few weary writers, here’s what they say at the end of the article:

“The English language is a finicky one but it’s also ever changing. Words are updated and definitions change. New words are added every year and some are retired. Very few people will ever master the entire language and the rest of us will just have to do the best we can!”

Which of these words do you get wrong?

Irony

Travesty

Ultimate

Conversate

Peruse

Bemused

Compelled

Nauseous

Redundant

Enormity

Terrific

Effect

Disinterested

Irregardless

Chronic

i.e.

Decimate

Panacea

Fortuitous

Plethora

Total

Literally

Can

Defective

Obsolete

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