Monday, June 11, 2007

Grammar: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (Part 8: Wrong Word)

This pretty much speaks for itself.

Malapropisms happen when we use a word that is similar to the word we wanted – but the word that we use has a completely different meaning.

Then there are the times that we just, simply, use the wrong word. If you’re not sure of the word’s meaning, either use another word or grab a dictionary.
She diaphragmed the sentence.

In this example, it is impossible to diaphragm something. A diaphragm is a body part used for breathing. The author actually means, “She diagrammed the sentence.”

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