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.