Tuesday, December 30, 2008

You're your own worst critic

I was just thinking today about how common it is for people to misuse homonyms (or even words that sound close, but are not the same). Recently I've seen a few bad ones, so as a public service I will attempt to offer some clarity.

Allude: to make a veiled reference
Elude: to avoid, escape attention

Allusion: that to which one alludes
Illusion: an image or vision which is not real

Ad: short for advertisement
Add: the opposite of subtraction

Which ones annoy you?

3 comments:

Jason Campbell said...

Your completely off your racket, irregardless of the examples you site. I don't understand why your so concerned about this, wha'ts the big dill?

Tammie's Thoughts said...

They're, their, and there

Thanks for asking!

Happy new year!

Daniel said...

My favorites are "hear" and "here". I also love "your" and "you're", and they're, their, and there. All of them drive me up the wall!

Also, commisurate and commensurate... I recently made THAT mistake myself.

By the way, I have a new blog post I think you would really enjoy. Let me know what you think.