24 Words In English You Might Be Using Incorrectly. And So Are Most People.
This article is based on "10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English" and "Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases". If you're interested in reading more, check out the links at the bottom of the article. Correct definitions for words are sourced from Merriam-Webster.
Language is constantly evolving. Words that used to have singular meanings may now have multiple, not even including the ones found on Urban Dictionary. The "incorrect" definitions or uses in this list may be considered correct within a matter of years. That being said, for the time being, the following is a list of words that are frequently misused.
Incorrect: not easily set on fire
Correct: capable of being set on fire
Incorrect: occurring twice in a month
Correct: occurring once every two months
Incorrect: negative criticism
Correct: one who provides publicity
Incorrect: another option or offer
Correct: occuring one after the other
Correct: perplexed or bewildered
Incorrect: things that compliment or work together
Correct: expressing a compliment or praise; a free offer
Incorrect: used for emphasis
Correct: in a literal sense; actually
Incorrect: to destroy
Correct: to damage or remove a large part of something
Incorrect: for example; used before listing multiple examples
Correct: that is; the only possible example
Correct: unsustainable or indefensible
Incorrect: to give up
Correct: to go before
Incorrect: special or unusual
Correct: the only one of its kind
Incorrect: a systematic plan to improve health or training
Correct: a military unit made up of battalions
Correct: naive or overly simple
Incorrect: to converge upon or proceed toward an objective
Correct: to make more effective
Incorrect: second best
Correct: second to last
Incorrect: paper and materials used to writing letters
Correct: staying in one place or position
Incorrect: no practical importance
Correct: silent or not speaking
Incorrect: each and every day
Correct: commonplace or routine
Incorrect: to make certain or safe
Correct: to provide insurance for
Incorrect: an abbreviation formed by the first letters of a phrase
Correct: a word formed by the first letters of a phrase
Incorrect: to argue against
Correct: to prove someone or something is false
Incorrect: causing torture
Correct: having many twists and turns
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