Wikipedia:List of commonly misused English words

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This is a list of English words which are commonly misused. It is meant to include only words whose misuse is deprecated by most usage writers, editors, and other professional linguists of Standard English. It is possible that some of the meanings marked non-standard may pass into Standard English in the future, but at this time all of the following non-standard phrases are likely to be marked as incorrect by English teachers or changed by editors if used in a work submitted for publication. Some of the examples are homonyms or pairs of similarly spelled words which are often confused.

The words listed below are frequently used in ways that major English dictionaries do not condone in any definition. See list of English words with disputed usage for words that are used in ways that are deprecated by some usage writers but are condoned by some dictionaries. There may be regional variations in grammar, spelling, and word-use, especially between different English-speaking countries. Such differences are not seen as incorrect once they have gained widespread acceptance in a particular country.

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Similarly, a complement is an accessory, while a compliment is a statement of admiration.

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  1. ^ "accept, except", Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, Merriam-Webster, 1995
  2. ^ "adverse, averse", Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, Merriam-Webster, 1995
  3. ^ "affect, effect", Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, Merriam-Webster, 1995
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  6. ^ "belie", Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, Merriam-Webster, 1995
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  10. ^ a b The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (revised 3rd edition) (1998) ISBN 0-19-860263-4
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  12. ^ Allen Iverson, [1], January 6, 2008
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  15. ^ "Shot-by-shot testimony in Bulger trial makes jurors squirm". cnn.com. CNN. July 16, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
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  19. ^ a b c Oxford English Dictionary, (1933)
  20. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/journalism/glossary/writing/prevaricate-and-procrastinate.shtml
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  23. ^ "reign". Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  24. ^ "rein". Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  25. ^ "free rein". Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
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  27. ^ Redfearn, Suz. "The Medicine Man". 
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  29. ^ Nash, Tim (2008-10-19). "The Rein of Terror of Charles Manson". The Finer Times. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
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  31. ^ Lowe, Zach (April 30, 2013). "Who Are the New Age Shane Battiers?". Grantland. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
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  34. ^ "5. revert instead of reply, respond, "get back to"". Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  35. ^ Chambers 21st Century Dictionary
  36. ^ Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short. "A Latin Dictionary, trĭmestris". Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  37. ^ "trimester". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  38. ^ trimester – Merriam-Webster.com
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  40. ^ Rick Kamla (2007-01-05). "Living the Fantasy: Trimester Awards". NBA.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
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  42. ^ Oxford American Dictionary (1980) ISBN 0-19-502795-7
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  44. ^ Stern, Joanna (May 2, 2013). "Google Glass: What You Can and Can't Do With Google's Wearable Computer". abcnews.go.com. ABC News. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 

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