Tag Archives: wrong word

Disperse vs. Disburse

As an editor, you’re exposed to all kinds of weird language use: convoluted sentence structures, idiosyncratic punctuation, unique and unorthodox uses of the formatting features in a word processor. You name it, it’s there. One oddity you’ll always encounter is … Continue reading

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Pour out, pore over, and poor taste.

Which is it, when you’re reading carefully or studying diligently: do you pour over the subject or pore over it (or poor over it)?

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I can’t believe I “-tate” the whole thing

Today’s topic addresses the oldest “by request” post in the queue. It concerns commentate and orientate, two words that to some are the verbal equivalent of fingernails dragged across a chalkboard. I don’t entirely feel your pain — but I … Continue reading

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Honing in on homing in

In the very, very broad category or errors that fall under the heading of “ww” (“wrong word”), we all have those that we commonly get wrong. All of us also have those that irritate us just a little more than … Continue reading

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