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September 17, 2013

Welcome to another episode of…


Today: Disambiguating confusing words.

I have compiled a list of words that you may have heard from time to time, even used when feeling brave, but whose meanings are a bit obscure to most people. Well, it’s finally time to get a handle on these often misunderstood members of the lexicon.

1. Bemused vs. Amused

Bemused should not be confused with amused. In fact, you may be amused to hear that bemused means confused. Think of it as befuddled fused with confused. Are you sufficiently bemused yet?

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March 14, 2010

I have been procrastinating all day. It’s not easy to avoid work so assiduously*, but I am a real pro at it. That’s why it’s called pro-crastination. Here are some things I’ve been thinking about:

I continually confuse continuous and continual. Just for the record, continuous mean constant, unbroken, or uninterrupted, whereas continual means frequently recurring. So I am not continuously misusing these words, but I am continually misusing them, since I continue to confuse them. And just for continuity, I should point out that the words in this paragraph are contiguous. Read the rest of this entry »

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