At the time of writing this blog, there’s only one thing on my mind:
Over the years, this GIF has ushered in the month better than any holiday (sorry, Cinco de Mayo). And while I grew up putting NSYNC third in line – BSB 4eva; come at me – I cannot deny their usefulness for segueing into this month’s blog.
That’s right. Even though May/Me didn’t make the cut, it’s time for yet another Top 10 list of misused words the CCS Writing team comes across in our proofing.
Latest top 10 wording errors
Moral (noun) means a lesson. The moral of the story is to think before you talk.
Morale (noun) means the confidence/discipline of a person/group. Team morale is high.
Fair (adjective), as we often mean it, means legitimate/just. The results were fair.
Fare (noun), as we see it, is a range of a particular food. I love Mexican fare.
Flare (noun) means a sudden burst of light/fire. Flares from the grill rose. Tempers flared.
Flair (noun) means special ability to do something well. She’s got a flair for language.
Tenet (noun) means a principle/belief. These are the tenets of our culinary philosophy.
Tenant (noun) is a property owner. The tenants meet on Mondays in the lobby.
Formerly (adverb) means in the past. The Cleveland Guardians, formerly Indians, won the game.
Formally (adverb) means officially or in accordance with etiquette. The cafe is formally open.
Past (adjective) means no longer existing or belonging to a former time. Past attempts were futile.
Passed (verb) refers to movement (motion/time). He passed through town. The item is passed its sell-by date. Time passed slowly.
Premier (adjective) means first in importance; leading; top. We serve premier clients.
Premiere (noun/verb) means the first event or to give first. It was the world premiere.
Precede (verb) means to come before something. Read the note that precedes the document.
Proceed (verb) means to begin/continue. Proceed with your questions.
Undo (verb) means to cancel or unfasten/untie. She couldn’t undo the damage she caused.
Undue (adjective) mean unwarranted. This shouldn’t cause you any undue harm.
Wave (verb) means to move one’s hand. She saw her friend across the street and waved.
Waive (verb) means to refrain from using/enforcing. She (mistakenly) waived proofing.
Until next time …
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