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20 Misused Words

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  1. Kenny

    Kenny Top Contributor VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Words are what domaining is all about. :)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-tr...-mak_b_8363272.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
    20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

    Accept vs. Except
    These two words sound similar but have very different meanings. Accept means to receive something willingly: "His mom accepted his explanation" or "She accepted the gift graciously." Except signifies exclusion: "I can attend every meeting except the one next week."
    To help you remember, note that both except and exclusion begin with ex.
    Affect vs. Effect
    To make these words even more confusing than they already are, both can be used as either a noun or a verb.
    Let's start with the verbs. Affect means to influence something or someone; effect means to accomplish something. "Your job was affected by the organizational restructuring" but "These changes will be effected on Monday."
    As a noun, an effect is the result of something: "The sunny weather had a huge effect on sales." It's almost always the right choice because the noun affect refers to an emotional state and is rarely used outside of psychological circles: "The patient's affect was flat."
    Lie vs. Lay
    We're all pretty clear on the lie that means an untruth. It's the other usage that trips us up. Lie also means to recline: "Why don't you lie down and rest?" Lay requires an object: "Lay the book on the table." Lie is something you can do by yourself, but you need an object to lay.
    It's more confusing in the past tense. The past tense of lie is--you guessed it--lay: "I lay down for an hour last night." And the past tense of lay is laid: "I laid the book on the table."
    Bring vs. Take
    Bring and take both describe transporting something or someone from one place to another, but the correct usage depends on the speaker's point of view. Somebody brings something to you, but you take it to somewhere else: "Bring me the mail, then take your shoes to your room."
    Just remember, if the movement is toward you, use bring; if the movement is away from you, use take.
    Ironic vs. Coincidental
    A lot of people get this wrong. If you break your leg the day before a ski trip, that's not ironic--it's coincidental (and bad luck).
    Ironic has several meanings, all of which include some type of reversal of what was expected. Verbal irony is when a person says one thing but clearly means another. Situational irony is when a result is the opposite of what was expected. O. Henry was a master of situational irony. In "The Gift of the Magi," Jim sells his watch to buy combs for his wife's hair, and she sells her hair to buy a chain for Jim's watch. Each character sold something precious to buy a gift for the other, but those gifts were intended for what the other person sold. That is true irony.
    If you break your leg the day before a ski trip, that's coincidental. If you drive up to the mountains to ski, and there was more snow back at your house, that's ironic.
    Imply vs. Infer
    To imply means to suggest something without saying it outright. To infer means to draw a conclusion from what someone else implies. As a general rule, the speaker/writer implies, and the listener/reader infers.
    Nauseous vs. Nauseated
    Nauseous has been misused so often that the incorrect usage is accepted in some circles. Still, it's important to note the difference. Nauseous means causing nausea; nauseated means experiencing nausea.
    So, if your circle includes ultra-particular grammar sticklers, never say "I'm nauseous" unless you want them to be snickering behind your back.
    Comprise vs. Compose
    These are two of the most commonly misused words in the English language. Comprise means to include; compose means to make up.
    It all comes down to parts versus the whole. When you use comprise, you put the whole first: "A soccer game comprises (includes) two halves." When you use compose, you put the pieces first: "Fifty states compose (make up) the United States of America."
    Farther vs. Further
    Farther refers to physical distance, while further describes the degree or extent of an action or situation. "I can't run any farther," but "I have nothing further to say."
    If you can substitute "more" or "additional," use further.
    Fewer vs. Less
    Use fewer when you're referring to separate items that can be counted; use less when referring to a whole: "You have fewer dollars, but less money."
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    I've been guilty of confusing a couple of these in the past.
    How about you?

    Peace,
    Cyberian
     
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  2. Ms Domainer

    Ms Domainer Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Yep!

    This list looks all too familiar...

    Add:

    Lose/Loose

    Their/They're/There

    Hear/Here

    Between/among

    Wear/ware​

    Any well-worn cliches, although in domaining, you want the "tried and true." ​

    My favorite gaffe in a student paper: "We live in a doggy-dog world."
     
  3. Joseph Green

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  5. Keral_Patel

    Keral_Patel I'll do it

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    Yes we also have names like that.

    Phuc Mi
    Hung Lo
    Thin Ho
    Harry Dick
    Yu Kunt

    Just some examples of names of real people.
     
  6. Kenny

    Kenny Top Contributor VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    That's not really what we are talking about here, but thanks for the addition.
    The ones I confuse the most are the first two "accept and except" & "affect and effect".
    I still have to check myself when using these.

    Peace,
    Kenny
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018
  7. Keral_Patel

    Keral_Patel I'll do it

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    Ah the 2015s era post.:xf.eek:

    I don't know what I was talking about during those times :hungover:. LOL.

    Thanks for a flashback :xf.wink:
     
  8. Kenny

    Kenny Top Contributor VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Those were interesting times for both of us! ;)

    Peace,
    Kenny
     
  9. Keral_Patel

    Keral_Patel I'll do it

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    I just can't stop laughing man. I don't know what was I thinking while writing that stuff. :ROFL:

    Looks like something was really messed up because that can't be me. :sneaky:
     

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