5 Words You’ve Been Using Incorrectly This Whole Time

It's literally ironic when you use "literally" to mean "figuratively."

Adapted from grammar.net by Brandon Specktor

1. Unique

Unique defintion common words used incorrectly
2. Ironic

Ironic defintion common words used incorrectly
3. Enormity

Enormity defintion common words used incorrectly
4. Plethora

Plethora defintion common words used incorrectly
5. Literally

Literally defintion common words used incorrectly

 

Which misused words do you correct most often?

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    • Scholar from Greece

      Actually myriad in Greek means a UNIT of 10,000 – it’s a noun, not a numeral, and it’s used with the article. So you can say in English “a myriad of X” meaning a ten-thousand-strong unit of X. Just like we say a trio of X (a unit of three). According to Merriam-Webster the noun usage (as borrowed from Greek) is older in English, but at some point it started being used as a numeral adjective as well (myriad misuses), but today both uses are good English.