Tag Archives: interest-confusables

  1. “Fictional,” “Fictitious,” And “Fictive”: Are They Synonyms?

    Although some people absolutely love reading true stories, there are others who have no interest in nonfiction books. Instead, they prefer to dive into stories from made-up universes instead of immersing themselves in facts. So do they prefer fictional novels, fictitious tales, or fictive stories? All three of these adjectives look and sound similar, but are they synonyms that can be interchanged? The answer is …

  2. “Especially” vs. “Specially”

    It can be particularly hard to know the difference between especially and specially. These two words—that can both mean “particularly“—look similar, have similar origins, and in some cases, are interchangeable. Not only are they both adverbs, but the difference in their definitions is so nuanced, it may seem impossible to know when to use especially versus specially correctly. The distinction may seem small, but once you …

  3. “Uncharted” vs. “Unchartered”

    Before you dive into the unknown, there’s one thing you should clear up: are you preparing to venture into uncharted or unchartered territory? We’ll make it easy for you: the answer here is uncharted, since you’re going to explore the unknown. So then what is unchartered? Keep reading for more on how to use each of these words and when. What does uncharted mean? The adjective …

  4. “M.D.” vs. “Ph.D.” vs. “Dr.”: Are They Synonyms?

    Quick: when you hear the word doctor, what do you picture? Most would probably describe someone in a white lab coat with a stethoscope hanging around their neck or someone in medical scrubs—someone you would seek out if you have a deep cut that needed stitches. That word doctor, however, is a title assigned to many who don’t come close to that description, many of …

  5. What Is The Difference Between A “Recession” vs. A “Depression”?

    by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com Economics—as if understanding its facts and figures, number and statistics, and charts and graphs isn’t challenging enough. Economics also relies on some tough terms. No, we don’t just mean the more advanced argot of arbitrage or leveraged buyout. Even more familiar economic terms many of us encounter in the news (or, more frighteningly, feel in our pocketbooks), …

  6. “Patriotism” vs. “Nationalism”: What’s The Difference?

    You’ve probably heard of public servants carrying out great acts of patriotism. You’ve probably also heard of concerns of a rising wave of nationalism around the world. Yes, both words involve some form of pride in one’s country, but there is an incredibly important distinction to be made between the two. Historically, both patriotism and nationalism were used roughly in the same way. But they …

  7. What Is The Difference Between “Bribery” vs. “Extortion”?

    These are some of the oldest crimes we have in the history books, dating all the way back to English Common Law from the Middle Ages. But, even back then, there was a distinction between the two.
  8. What Is The Difference Between “Furlough” vs. “Layoff”?

    by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com The coronavirus pandemic isn’t only affecting people’s health and safety. It is also impacting people’s livelihoods as the virus hits the economy. Cancellations, quarantines, and social distancing are causing many companies to furlough or lay off employees—and in some instances, both.  But what is the difference between furloughs and layoffs? For health, safety, and medical emergencies or …

  9. “Hoard” vs. “Horde”: Do You Know The Difference?

    Are you staring at piles and piles of junk and becoming increasingly concerned about the accumulation in, uh, someone‘s apartment? No judgment if you’re asking for “a friend”! We’re here to help you use the right words to describe this problem. To properly examine the issue, we’ve got to get the vocabulary pinned down: does this chaos signal a problem with hoarding? Or the tendency …

  10. This Or That: Play Along With This Quiz Show On Commonly Confused Words

    Today, we're quizzing people on camera in front of you all to see if they know the difference between these commonly confused words. Do you know the answers?