12 Most Misunderstood Words In English | Wednesday Prompt

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Clear And Simple Writing

Don’t you love it when people want to use one word and end up using something that sounds similar, but is in fact very different? I love to giggle when people do that, especially if I feel they are pompous! ;) There are plenty of words like that. But today we’re going to look at the

12 Most Misunderstood Words In English

What are they?

1. Historical

2. Novel

3. Less

4. Continual

5. Infamous

6. Systematic

7. Proscribe

8. Penultimate

9. Precocious

10. Alternate

11. Moot

12. Nauseous

Now look at the infographic below to see how we tend to confuse them:


Are there any other words you would like to add to this list? Do let us know in the comments.

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