It’s not strange that the addition of every single word to the English dictionary has been ongoing without cease. This is due to the fact that with every secret from around the corner being uncovered will be marked with a meaning and thus it gives birth of a new word representing the new discovery. Having plenty of new addition words to the dictionary, we tend to have confused a lot of these words when using them in our everyday lives.
This is the 7 words that have most of us confused most of the time:
1. Invoke & Evoke
Invoke = to elicit and call forth. A photo invokes emotions
Evoke = to call on a higher power, petition for support, or implement. She evokes her friend for her homework.
2. Denounce & Renounce
Denounce = to condemn or accuse formally. The CEO denounced him for being absent for work.
Renounce = to give up. The CEO renounced his position to his successor.
3. Uninterested & Disinterested
Uninterested = Having zero care at all. They are uninterested about the correctness of English grammar.
Disinterested = Being impartial. Careful speakers should be wary not to look disinterested.
4. Formerly & Formally
Formerly = at an earlier time. This is formerly known to be my home.
Formally = by an established forms or structure. The nation is formally called Malaysia.
5. Mute & Moot
Mute = silent. A mute appeal.
Moot = deprived of practical significance. That is a moot question.
6. Exuberant & Exorbitant (in relation to money)
Exuberant = unrestrained enthusiasm.
Exorbitant = exceeding an appropriate amount.
An exuberant use of a credit card leads to an exorbitant bill the following days.
7. Jealous & Envious
Jealousy = feelings of resentment toward another, especially relating to an intimate relationship. Your ex is jealous of my current boyfriend?
Envy = covetousness of another’s advantages, possessions, or abilities. Your ex is envious of his capability?