Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (part 23)

Continuing the series, here are some more words that people often misuse:

Click vs. clique

Wrong: They have their own click.
Right: They have their own clique.

This is simple auditory confusion. The two words sound alike, so people assume they’re one and the same. However, their meanings are quite different. Clique (pronounced CLIK or CLEEK) refers to a small, exclusive group of people, while click is a slight, sharp sound.

Hardy vs. Hearty

Wrong: We’ll set off after a hardy meal.
Right: We’ll set off after a hearty meal.

These two words are often confused. Hardy means vigorous, robust, daring, or courageous. Hearty has many meanings, including warm, enthusiastic, healthy, nourishing, or satisfying. So, the next time your hardy perennials make their annual appearance, give them a hearty round of applause.

I'll have some more words for you next time.


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