9 Common Words You’re Probably Using Wrong
Take a closer look at the word “awful” — although you assume you can use it when talking about something “full of awe,” in reality, this adjective has a completely opposite meaning. That being said, sometimes we tend to use lots of other English words the wrong way without even realizing it.
9. Epilation vs depilation
- Epilation is the way you’d remove an unwanted hair by tearing it out, usually with a pair of tweezers.
- Depilation is the way you’d get rid of an unwanted hair at the level of your skin by shaving or trimming.
8. Farther vs further
- When you’re talking about a physical distance, you can say, “This is farther from that.”
- Further usually refers to a figurative distance, meaning “extra or more” as in the following sentence: “If you complain further, I’m going to stop this conversation and never return to it again.”
7. Flammable vs inflammable
- Flammable means “capable of being set on fire.”
- Inflammable means exactly the same thing, so there’s no difference between these 2 words.
6. Emoticon vs emoji
5. Famous vs infamous
- The word famous usually refers to people who are known for their great deeds, like heroes.
- However, if you want to say “very famous,” you should never use infamous as it means “famous for a negative reason,” like bank robbers or other criminals.
4. Poisonous vs venomous
- Poisonous is used to refer to something that is toxic if you eat it.
- Venomous is used to refer to something that is toxic if it bites you.
3. Torturous vs tortuous
- When something makes you feel bad or causes pain and suffering, it’s considered torturous.
- Tortuous means “full of twists, turns, or bends.” You can also use this word when talking about something too lengthy or complex.
2. Bemused vs amused
- Although most people think that bemused means “to be amused in a calm way,” it’s not actually true. The real meaning of this word is “to be bewildered, puzzled, or confused.”
- So when you want to say that you’re having an enjoyable time, you should say that you’re amused.
1. Nauseous vs nauseated
- Despite what you might think, nauseous doesn’t mean feeling sick to your stomach. What it really means is “causing nausea” like when you’re speaking about something smelly, spoiled, or rotten.
- So if you feel unwell, you probably feel nauseated.
Which English words do you always confuse? Let’s continue the list together in the comments!