Words We All Use Wrong

Now, there are many words people use incorrectly, lie v. lay and even affect v. effect. But, there are some words that everyone believes they are using correctly (everyone being the majority of native English speakers) and are not. So, just as a refresher course, or maybe even an introduction, I will provide a list of the many words we use incorrectly or confuse the meaning of.

And in the words of Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, those who know better will often be thinking, “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”

The Short List:

  1. Basically- This means that what you are referring to is the most important part of whatever you are discussing. It is synonymous with “fundamentally.”

  2. Ironic- Quite often people use the word “ironic” when what they really mean is “coincidental.” Irony deals with a reversal, turning the expected on its head.