Random Rants: What you say and what you mean

September 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

Insure you’re words our write … Ensure your words are right
Dictionary

You don’t have to be a full-fledged word nerd but understanding some word use basics is not only helpful but a way to avoid embarrassment. Here is a random list of common misuses. How many have you heard used incorrectly?

among or between
between introduces two items, and among introduces more than two

anxious vs. eager
Anxious is not a synonym for eager. A good reminder is the connection between anxious and anxiety, which means worried or distressed.

asterisk
many times said as asterik

egg yolk
sometimes heard in the Midwest as egg yoke

enormity
extreme evil not enormousness

for all intensive purposes
it’s actually ‘for all intents and purposes’

impact
not intended for use as a verb

irregardless
not a word; use regardless

moot point
not mute point

prescription
not to be pronounced perscription

recur
not reoccur

sherbet
not sherbert, dontcha know

very [or worse, very unique]
simply unnecessary

The opinions expressed in Random Rants are solely those of the author and do not represent the opinions or viewpoints of NAIOP Minnesota, its leadership or its staff.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Shawn S.  |  September 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Great article with no author –

    “The opinions expressed in Random Rants are solely those of the author and do not represent the opinions or viewpoints of NAIOP Minnesota, its leadership or its staff.”


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