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Most Of These Words Are Used In Completely Wrong Ways (20 pics)

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Irony

What people think it means: funny or unfortunate

What it actually means: the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

 

Travesty

What people think it means: a tragedy

What it actually means: a grotesque or debased likeness or imitation, a mockery

 

Bemused

What people think it means: amused

What it actually means: bewildered or confused

 

Enormity

What people think it means: huge

What it actually means: outrageous or heinous character; atrociousness

 

Effect

What people think it means: to cause something to change

What it actually means: something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence

 

Disinterested

What people think it means: bored

What it actually means: unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives, indifferent

 

Irregardless

What people think it means: regardless

What it actually means: nothing, it's not a word.

 

i.e.

What people think it means: for example

What it actually means: that is; in other words

 

Fortuitous

What people think it means: lucky

What it actually means: happening or produced by chance; accidental

 

Plethora

What people think it means: a lot of something

What it actually means: overabundance; excess; more than is needed

 

Inflammable

What people think it means: fireproof

What it actually means: capable of being set on fire; combustible; flammable

 

Infamous

What people think it means: famous

What it actually means: having an extremely bad reputation

 

Adverse

What people think it means: opposed to, averse

What it actually means: unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect

 

Clichéd

What people think it means: overdone

What it actually means: nothing, it's not a word. "Cliché" is a noun.

 

Dichotomy

What people think it means: difference

What it actually means: division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups

 

Hone

What people think it means: to converge upon or approach

What it actually means: to make more acute or effective; improve; perfect

 

Random

What people think it means: funny, silly

What it actually means: proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern

 

Dilemma

What people think it means: a problem

What it actually means: a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives

 

Less

What people think it means: comparing numbers of countable items

What it actually means: a smaller extent, amount, or degree of singular mass nouns

 

Refute

What people think it means: to reply or deny

What it actually means : to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge









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