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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 28


INTERFACE/INTERACT

The use of the computer term "interface" as a verb, substituting for
"interact," is widely objected to.

EXASPERATE/EXACERBATE

People get exasperated (irritated); situations get exacerbated (made
worse).

RETURN BACK/RETURN

"Return back" is a redundancy. Use just "return," unless you mean to say
instead "turn back."

SUCCEED/SECEDE

If you advocate withdrawing formally from a nation or other
organization, you want to secede.
If you're successful at this or anything else, you succeed.

TABLE

In the UK if you table an issue you place it on the table for
discussion, but in the US the phrase means the opposite: you
indefinitely postpone discussing the issue.

WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE/WOULD HAVE LIKED

"She would liked to have had another glass of champagne" should be "she
would have liked to have another glass. . . ."

PRIORITIZE

Many people disdain "prioritize" as bureaucratic jargon for "rank" or
"make a high priority."

DIGESTIVE TRACK/DIGESTIVE TRACT

It may seem logical to think of your guts as forming a track through
your body, but the correct spelling is "digestive tract."

PERIPHERAL

The third syllable in "peripheral" does not sound like "free." It should
be pronounced like "fur."

STOLED/STOLE

The past tense of "steal" is "stole." Tom stole the pig. The only time
you can be stoled is when someone drapes a stole on you.



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