Commonly Confused Words: “Specific” vs. “Pacific”

17 06 2012

Misused word: Pacific

Example of misuse: Is there something wrong with this Pacific bike, or is it bikes in general?

Word it is confused with: Specific

Corrected example: Is there something wrong with this specific bike, or is it bikes in general?

Explanation: The definition of specific, according to dictionary.com, is:

  1. having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one’s specific purpose.
  2. specified, precise, or particular: a specific sum of money.
  3. peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.: His specific problems got him into trouble.
  4. of a special or particular kind.
  5. concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination): The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems.

The Pacific is an ocean.





Commonly Confused Words: “On Route” vs. “En Route”

17 06 2012

Misused word: On route

Example of misuse: They were on route to Blaydon Races when the bus wheel flew off

Word it is confused with: En route

Corrected example: They were en route to Blaydon Races when the bus wheel flew off

Explanation: En route is a French phrase, which, according to dictionary.com, was adopted into English in the late 1700s.  As the phrase is French, so is the spelling and in French en and on are separate words.





Commonly Confused Words: “Definitely” vs. “Defiantly”

17 06 2012

Misused word: Defiantly

Example of misuse: I think it’s defiantly going to rain tomorrow

Word it is confused with: Definitely

Corrected example: I think it’s definitely going to rain tomorrow

Explanation: According to dictionary.com, the definition of defiantly is:

Characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging

The definition of definitely, is:

1. in a definite manner; unambiguously.
2. unequivocally; positively.
If you are certain that it is going to rain, use definitely; if you think that it is going to rain to go against everyone’s wishes that it doesn’t, use defiantly!







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