Childish vs. Childlike
Wrong: She displayed a childish innocence.
Right: She displayed a childlike innocence.
Childlike refers to the guileless, trusting, innocent nature of young children. On the other hand, adding the –ish suffix attaches unfavorable connotations of immaturity: silliness, poutiness, selfishness, and the like.
Nucular vs. Nuclear
Wrong: Nucular weapons are a bane on mankind’s existence.
Right: Nuclear weapons are a bane on mankind’s existence.
There is no such word as nucular (and it’s pronounced
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