Commonly Misused Words


These three everyday words are frequently used incorrectly. Their true meanings may surprise you.

1. ENORMITY: Does not imply gigantic size. It means extreme evil, as in “the enormity of the murder of Abraham Lincoln.”

2. NAUSEOUS: Doesn’t mean to feel as if you are going to vomit; it means to cause that feeling in others. If you are about to toss your cookies, you are    NAUSEATED.

3. PERUSE: Does not mean to read quickly, to skim. It means to look over something very carefully.

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