10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in the English Language

1. Enormity

Enormous in size (enormousness) vs monstrous evil, excessive, wicked, outrageousness

2. Nonplussed

Unaffected, unimpressed vs bewildered, extremely puzzled at a loss

3. Bemused

Mildly amused to be bewildered, confused, engrossed in thought

4. Redundant

���useless�۝ or ���unable to perform its function�۝ vs beyond what is necessary or natural, needlessly wordy or repetitive

5. Plethora

To have a lot of something, many vs superabundance, an excess (has transitioned from a negative to positive connotation over time)

6. Unique

Unusual, extraordinary (often used with very/rather/ quite) vs the only one of its kind, unparalleled

7. Fulsome

Abundant (praise) vs offensively flattering or insincere

8. Noisome

Noisy vs obnoxious, harmful, offensive to senses

9. Ironic

Any kind of amusing coincidence vs the opposite (outcome ) of what was expected, contrary to what was expected

10. Literally

It�۪s an intensifier, used to emphasize a point; synonym for really or actually; often used in place of ���figuratively�۝ vs in a literal manner; word for word.

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English

shared by Zoesvg on Sep 14, 2011 in Education

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words in English

shared by Zoesvg on Sep 14, 2011 in Education


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A look at the 10 most commonly misunderstood words in English, comparing the most common misconceptions to the true meanings.
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