22 Everyday Words You Might Not Realize You’ve Been Using Incorrectly

Grammar time…

Thought Catalog

Did you know that the word “terrific” originally meant something completely different? A lot of the words we use have changed meaning over time, differing from their common or intended use. Other words sound so much like the other words that they are often used interchangeably, like bemused and amused. These are the things that make English fun, watching the ways in which words shift with time and colloquialisms, and these entries delighted the grammar nerd in me.

Below you’ll find some of the most commonly misused words — and some that just diverged from the way they were meant be used. In the comments, sound off with some misused words that really bug you. What are words that no one seems to get right?

Here’s 22 to start:

1. Ironic

Does not mean: Something cosmically shitty or funny that happened to you.
Does mean: An occurrence that is the…

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A mid-career journalist who's worked horizontally across India - from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat
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