by Barbara McNichol
Words make it possible to say what you mean in writing. But they can step on your success, too.
In your communications, what happens if you use the wrong word in the wrong way—such as ending that important message “with my complements” instead “with my compliments”?
Definitely, you risk raising doubt in the minds of those you want to impress.
Don’t Get Egg on Your Face
You risk embarrassment and a lot more. You can:
- Cause confusion, even delays, by sending unclear messages
- Waste precious time revising and rewriting to clarify your meaning
- Smudge your reputation among co-workers, colleagues, and customers who wonder, “Does she know the difference between ‘compliments’ and ‘complements’—really?”
When pesky pairings (is it “adopt” or “adapt”?) trip you up, you need to know!
Word Trippers Example
Adopt, adapt – “Adopt” means to take as one’s own (e.g., someone else’s child), to choose (e.g., a lifestyle), or to formally accept (e.g., a position or principle). “Adapt” is to adjust to various conditions. “When you adopt a young girl, make it easy for her to adapt to your living environment.”
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