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Making Some Confusing Words Less So


Language confuses, but here I hope to clarify:

different from  not different than

fact-finding — it’s an adjective, but be careful using it because fact-finding mission is a cliché

fallout — it’s a noun meaning “the often radioactive particles stirred up by or resulting from a nuclear explosion.” It also could mean “an incidental result.” Not to be confused with Fall Out Boy, a rock band from Illinois.

guest — it’s a noun, not a verb, so never say someone “guested” on a TV show.

implausible — not implausable or inplausible

inasmuch as — two words, not three or four words

infant — defined as a baby under 1 year of age, so only use it in that context. It’s OK to say someone’s acting infantile because you’re saying that persons acting like a baby under 1 year of age.

judgment/judgement — both are correct, but some style books prefer one over the other.

likable/likeable — both are correct, but some style books prefer one over the other.

livable/liveable — both are correct, but some style books prefer one over the other.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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October 19, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Bro, when is your book coming out?

    Comment by Nevin | October 19, 2015 | Reply


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