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Two Words That Mean the Same, So Pick One


Ah, English. It is such a wonderful language, full of words that mean the same thing. Some are synonyms; others are the same word spelled differently. These include:

awestruck/awe-struck

attorney/lawyer

dived/dove

email/e-mail — although I’m seeing the former more than the latter these days

half/half of — but why use two words when one works?

ex-/former — don’t forget the hyphen

Koran/Quran

Medfly/medfly — it stands for Mediterranean fruit fly

OK/Okay — but why use four letters when two will do?

Percent/%

RSVP/R.S.V.P.

The rule of thumb: When writing, pick one and stick with it.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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July 19, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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