10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English

If you're not sure about a word, look it up.

If you’re not sure about a word, look it up.

Here’s a helpful blog to help you brush up on your vocabulary. That’s always a good exercise.

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English.

I’m going to add a couple of words to the list.

Dearth: I’ve heard people use it to mean a full complement or lots of something. In fact, it means a scarcity or lack of.

Irregardless: Doesn’t exist. Use “regardless.”

What misuses are your pet peeves?

Best Wishes,
Kellyann

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Posted on February 24, 2013, in Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Not so much a word that is misused but more of a phrase. Footballers who say ‘You know what I mean?’ in post match interviews, usually thrown in the middle of every second sentence.

    No, I don’t know what you mean BECAUSE YOU’RE STILL ANSWERING THE QUESTION!

    • I know what you mean! ;)
      And as far as an overused word in the U.S., “like” would definitely have to go on the list. It’s, like, extra words for no reason. Like, I guess it’s better than “um.”

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