So I was on grammar.net the other day (yes, I admit it - I a complete and total word nerd) and I saw this really nifty infographic that they made of “10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English.” Firstly, this infographic is so cool and useful, and you should be sharing this with all your friends. Secondly, I’m so glad that someone put down the real definition of “ironic” – once and for all.
To be completely honest, I’m guilty of using some of these words redundantly in my writing. But no more! I will be sure to get on top of this annoying habit and nip it in the bud. I may or may not have printed out this infographic to tack up next to my desk as a reminder.
Words are very important, and the way you wield them is very telling of you as a person. If your writing is sloppy and you’re constantly misusing words and getting them confused, you’re shooting your credibility in the foot. So much of our interactions take place through some form of written word, be it email, blog posts, Tweets, and school papers. So in a sense, the way we write could be seen as the way we speak; people do pay attention to the way a person talks, and draw conclusions and impressions about them from it.
What are some misused words you’d like to see up on that list? Share them with us in the comments!