It Takes an Instant to Travel from Clever to Clod. Definitions of 15 Words that You Think You Know, but You Don’t


15 Frequently Misused Words 

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

That famous proverbial phrase from the poem An Essay on Criticism, Part II, 1711, by the English poet, Alexander Pope, reminds each of us to practice forgiveness to human imperfection. Whether it was a memory slip, a simple mistake, or was learned incorrectly, there are some words in the English language that many people use incorrectly. This article reveals the actual meanings of 15 words misused all the time.

Distinguishing the False from the True 

Travesty

You think it means something unfortunate.

The actual meaning is a mockery or a parody.

Adverse

You think it means disinclined because it sounds similar.

The actual meaning is something detrimental.

Nauseous

You think it means the feeling associated with ejecting the stomach contents through the mouth.

The actual meaning is an offensive smell or taste; to bring about feelings of illness.

Enormity

You think it means something enormous or huge.

The actual meaning is evil or profoundly immoral.

Disinterested

You think it means to be bored.

The actual meaning refers to neutral feelings.

Chronic

You think it means a severe.

The actual meaning is over the course of a long time.

E. g.

You think it means in other words.

The actual meaning is for example.

Plethora

You think it means a lot of something.

The actual meaning is an overabundance; more than is needed.

Enervate

You think it means to energize because it sounds similar to innervate.

The actual meaning is to weaken.

Fortuitous

You think it means something fortunate.

The actual meaning is an unplanned or coincidental event.

Terrific

You think it means something commendable; fantastic.

The actual meaning is something inspiring fear; horrific.

Unctuous

You think it means something delicious.

The actual meaning is having a soapy or greasy feel; excessively flattering.

Hung

You think it means suspended from the neck until dead.

The actual meaning refers to a suspended object.

Nonplussed

You think it means to be bored.

The actual meaning is bewildered.

Verbal

You think it means spoken; or oral.

The actual meaning refers to the linguistic form.

Superfluous

You think it means a significant amount or quantity.

The actual meaning is unnecessary; more than needed.

Contagious

You think it means likely to spread infection.

The actual meaning is spread from one person to another by direct or indirect contact.

Dr. Geoffrey Reynolds specializes in psychology, music, cultural studies, and technology. Itching for more? You can find some here.

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