10 Misused Words That Make Even Smart People Stumble

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with. We throw them around in meetings, e-mails and important documents (such as resumes and client proposals), and they land, like fingernails across a chalkboard, on everyone who has to hear or read them.

Often, it’s the words we perceive as being more “correct” or sophisticated that catch us by surprise when they don’t really mean what we think they do. These words have a tendency to make even really smart people stumble.

Ironic vs. Coincidental  Affect vs. Effect  Lie vs. Lay  Accept vs. Except  Bring vs. Take 

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Anjana Nagarajan

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with. We throw them around in meetings, e-mails and important documents (such as resumes and client proposals), and they land, like fingernails across a chalkboard, on everyone who has to hear or read them.

Often, it’s the words we perceive as being more “correct” or sophisticated that catch us by surprise when they don’t really mean what we think they do. These words have a tendency to make even really smart people stumble.

Ironic vs. Coincidental  Affect vs. Effect  Lie vs. Lay  Accept vs. Except  Bring vs. Take 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/misused-words-make-smart-people-look-stup...

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