Trafford Publishing knows that there is no denying the complexity of the English language. As a result, we are all oblivious to our incorrect use of words and phrases. If we were to list every common mistake, you would be staring at this screen until world peace comes to fruition. Accordingly, Trafford Publishing have narrowed down the list to the mistakes that are universal and used most frequently.
There may be some of you who parallel yourselves with the likes of William Strunk Jr. when it comes to English grammar, but thereai??i??s a good chance you were unaware of at least one of the followingai??i??
Nauseous. When you are feeling ill, you are not nauseous. Contrary to chronic misuse, the word nauseous actually means you have the ability to produce nausea in others. The correct word for instances when one is feeling sickness is ai???nauseated.ai???
Plethora. Although this word does get used correctly at times, it gets used incorrectly at a considerable rate. Plethora does not mean a substantial amount of something; it means an over abundance or an excessive amount of something.
Nip it in the butt. For those of you who use this phrase, you may not be inclined to find out that you are a serial bum-biter. The correct expression is ai???nip it in the bud.ai??? The meaning of this is to bring something to an end before it has the chance to grow or develop.
One in the same. The cause of many mistakes in our language is the undeniable fact that sometimes the incorrect use does make sense to a certain degree; however this common mistake doesnai??i??t make any sense at all. If you are trying to declare that two things are the same, it would be wise to use ai???one and the same.ai???
For all intensive purposes. This mistake takes us back to our elementary school days when our teachers would teach us the inaccuracy of restated information by way of Chinese whispers. Not only is this toward the top of the list in terms of frequency, most people who know the correct expression find this mistake extremely irritating. Although one is able to feel intense about purposes, it is not the intent of the speaker to indicate rigorous purposes. The correct expression is ai???for all intents and purposes,ai??? intent being a synonym of purpose.
Momento. Momento is not a word. Well, at least not in the English language. A ai???mementoai??? is a souvenir or keepsake.
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Unphased. The word ai???phaseai??? denotes a period or stage in time, whereas the word ai???fazeai??? is a verb meaning to disturb or unsettle. If you are witness to a particular occurrence and it doesnai??i??t bother you, you are therefore ai???unfazed.ai???
Hone in. This is another example of a common error that has been established due to an ambiguous correctness to a certain degree. To hone is to sharpen or to improve and to home is to move toward an objective. Thus, the correct English in this case is ai???home in.ai??? Traditionally, this came from a missile homing in on a target.
Towards. Order diakofackboy There may be many with opposing thoughts on this one as towards is listed as a word in some of the more contemporary dictionaries, however, a the spelling of a word should not be altered due to common error. ai???Towardai??? is the correct spelling. Similarly, the word ai???anywayai??? should not have an ai???sai??? on the end.
Hunger pains. Without a shred of doubt, this is one of the most misused terms in our language. This falls into the same category as ai???hone in.ai??? Close, but no tobacco leaf. The correct term is ai???hunger pangs.ai??? A pang is an emotional longing or a sudden sharp pain, therefore the usage of the term ai???hunger painsai??? is a reasonable mistake.
Have another thing coming. In due course, thanks to juvenile delinguists (excuse the poor attempt at humor), ai???thinkai??? turned into ai???thing,ai??? but it is simply wrong. The proper phrase is to ai???have another think coming,ai??? think being another thought.
Disinterested. Before you jump the gun and protest that disinterested is a word (it most certainly is), the error surrounding this adjective is the contextual meaning. ai???Disinterested and ai???uninterestedai??? are not synonymous. In fact they have extremely different meanings. To be ai???disinterestedai??? is to be impartial. For example, a referee of a sports match is (supposed) to be disinterested. If you are wanting the adjective that describes someone who couldnai??i??t give a ratai??i??s tail, youai??i??d want to use the adjective ai???uninterested.ai???
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