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Misused Words

The Top 10 Misused Words Of The 1870s

Rosemarie Ostler | Posted 05.21.2016 | Arts
Rosemarie Ostler

Usage criticism hasn't changed much since the 1870s. Then as now, language critics were appalled by the profusion of illogical usages, incorrect meani...

A Plea For Linguistic Tolerance

Ammon Shea | Posted 11.08.2014 | Books
Ammon Shea

The English language is not sick.

13 Common Words You Are Probably Mixing Up

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty

For some reason, people just can't seem to get the difference between "they're" and "their" and "there." One is a contraction of they are, one is the ...

How Not to Sound More Erudite

Alice Bean | Posted 06.08.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

As a physicist, I notice that people commonly use terms with physics connotations that just baffle me.

12 Commonly Misused Words And Phrases

Sara Schwartz | 2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Are you (or someone you love) making these grammar mistakes? End the confusion for good.Read more from Grandparents.c...

Linguistic Mistakes Everyone Has to Stop Making in 2014

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Words are everywhere, and many are strung together recklessly. People tend to pick up errant usages as easily as black velvet picks up lint. Next thing you know, someone sees that verbal atrocity as a viable expression, and the cycle continues.

11 Commonly Used Made-Up Words That Drive Us Insane

Shelley Emling | Posted 12.15.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

When it comes to words, people have all sorts of pet peeves. Here are 11 made-up or misused words that drive us insane.

7 Words You're Probably Misusing

Mignon Fogarty | Posted 09.12.2012 | Books
Mignon Fogarty

The seven commonly misused words that follow are but a smattering of the ways English can go off the rails. Take note. Get them right and you'll keep sticklers from boarding the crazy train.