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10 Commonly Misunderstood Words

By | source: Jun 29th, 2011

My friends and I are self-professed grammar geeks. Upon hearing Alanis Morissetteâ??s 90s hit â??Ironicâ? on the radio, a worn out discussion usually breaks out: is she using the word â??ironicâ? correctly? Yes, you can roll your eyes now. But, seriously, â??It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knifeâ? is not really ironic, is it? (And I know that this discussion is more worn out than your favorite gym shortsâ?¦)

Todayâ??s infographic supports my argument, but it also schools me against using â??literallyâ? as an emphatic â??really,â? and reminds me that politely chuckling does not a bemused person make. Some of the distinctions seem fairly close, as in the case of â??plethora,â? but a lot of these are good reminders. Whether this inforgraphic warms your heart or not, take a look to see if you are guilty of any of the offenses below. [Via]