Commonly Misused Words (and their actual meanings)

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Understanding all the ins and outs of the English language is about as easy as walking a tight rope that has lost its tension. Here are a few of the most commonly abused, confused and misused words out there.

Adverse

Correct Meaning: Contrary, Opposing

Incorrect Meaning: Averse

Adverse

Bemused

Correct Meaning: Confused or Bewildered

Incorrect Meaning: Amused

Bemused

Disinterested

Correct Meaning: Neutral or Impartial

Incorrect Meaning: Uninterested

Disinterested

Enormity

Correct Meaning: Evil or Wickedness

Incorrect Meaning: Enormousness

Enormity

Fortuitous

Correct Meaning: Unplanned or Unexpected

Incorrect Meaning: Fortunate

Fortuitous

Irregardless

Correct Meaning: —— (crickets chirping)

Incorrect Meaning: Regardless or Irrespective

Irregardless

Also check out the previous blog for Five Common Grammar Mistakes.

For another set of eyes to review your word choices, contact Unscripted today.

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