It is not only the illiterates that make mistakes while speaking, even the so-called literates do. Even if you have been speaking the language since you were given birth to, you still can’t know everything about the language, especially English Language which is very dynamic.
In most cases, it is usually due to the addition of unnecessary prefix(like pre,re,non, post) and suffix(like able,able,edly) to the root words which is very bad.
Since your spoken English has been polluted with non-existing words, I have decided to write this article to list 10 words that do not actually exist but you use everyday.
1. Installmentally – A lot of people use this word, without knowing it does not exist. Instead of using this word, just say in instalment or by instalment.
What’s the difference? The correct word has no suffix(ally) at the end, neither does it have ll(double ‘l’).
2. Irregardless – Unnecessary addition of prefix(Ir) is what renders this word wrong. The correct word is actually regardless not irregardless
3. Screentouch – This grammatically wrong word gained ground in the mid 2000s when phones that work when touched with the hand were invented. This name was given to the phone not by the company that manufactures it, but by people according to the way they view it. This word is especially used in Nigeria. The correct word is “touchscreen“.
4. Inflammable – Yes, another commonly used word which is wrong. People use this word to mean that something can burn easily. However, the correct word is “flammable” which actually means burns easily not Inflammable.
5. Plumpy – This word is used to mean that someone is slightly fat. The correct expression is however plump.
6. Wake-Keeping – This compound word is very wrong. Some of you might be thinking, what is now the correct word?, others are thinking, “it is wake-keep”. As a matter of fact, there is no such word as Wake-Keeping nor wake-keep, the correct expression is simply “Wake“.
7. Disvirgin – Even though most people now know the correct form of this word, I am still repeating it because some don’t know it yet. You cannot disvirgin a girl because it is not possible. The correct form is…… “disflower“.
Read also: 12 Common Grammatical Mistakes In English Usage
8. Go-slow – The word go-slow exists, but not in the way Nigerians use it. The correct “go-slow,” in the English language actually means an industrial tactic used by employees whereby they intentionally reduce activity, productivity and efficiency in order to press home some demands. When this happens, you say that work in the office, factory or organization is at a go-slow.
The correct terms to use when road traffic is very sluggish due to vehicle queues are traffic jam, traffic congestion, gridlock, and (less technically) hold-up, not “go-slow”.
9. Opportuned – There is nothing like “opportuned” anywhere in the English language. The correct word is “opportune”. The word opportune is an adjective; therefore it has no past tense. An adjective has no past tense.
10. Alright – This is the final word on my list today. This word is used to mean “Okay” or “Fine”, but it is actually wrong. The correct term to use is “All right“.
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Well, I will like to drop my pen here for now. You can use the comment box below to ask any question or add your own word.
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