Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (Part 58)

Here are some more words to think about:

God vs. god

Wrong: Mars was the Roman God of war.

Right: Mars was the Roman god of war.

God (capitalized) should refer only to the one supreme being worshipped by a monotheistic religion. When a religion worships multiple gods (love, fire, storms, etc.), write the word god in lower case. Similarly, when used in a humorous manner (such as referring to the golfing gods), use lower case.

Oogle vs. Ogle

Wrong: Do you have to oogle every pretty girl that walks by?

Right: Do you have to ogle every pretty girl that walks by?

Oogle is simply a misspelling (and mispronunciation) of ogle (OH-gul), which means to look or stare at flirtatiously, amorously, or impertinently.

More next time. Come back soon.


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