A to Z Quick Tips 28 | Commonly Misused Words

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In this episode of The A to Z English Podcast, Jack shares three sets of commonly misused words: literally vs. figuratively, bemused vs. amused, and ironic vs. coincidental.

Literally (misused as an intensifier) vs. Figuratively (used to convey a non-literal meaning):

“Literally” should only be used to describe something that actually happened, not to exaggerate or emphasize. For example, saying “I was literally dying of laughter” is often a misuse.

Bemused (misused to mean “amused“) vs. Bemused (used to describe being confused or bewildered):

“Bemused” actually means puzzled or confused, not entertained or amused.

Ironic (misused as a synonym for coincidental) vs. Coincidental (used when events happen by chance):

“Ironic” should be reserved for situations where there is a contradiction between what is expected and what actually happens. It’s often misused to describe mere coincidences.

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2 thoughts on “A to Z Quick Tips 28 | Commonly Misused Words”

  1. Hello, dear teacher Jack!
    My example sentences are:
    The last name of Christopher Columbus was used for the country Colombia. Ironically, America continents were called by another explorer’s name.

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