Friday, July 20, 2012

Confusion or Confucius?

During the course of watching some talk/news show, one of the hosts stated that he was a libertarian.  I gasped. 

His moral conduct had always seemed above reproach.  His opinions were about modesty and living a good life, etc.  I mentioned this to my husband who gave it about five seconds of thought. 

“Oh, you are thinking of ‘libertine’, not ‘libertarian’.”

We looked it up:  Libertine-- one is a rake, licentious, loose in morals; and, libertarian—one who upholds the ideals of freedom.

If these two words could be confused, what other words could be added to my list?  What about these:

Warrior or voyeur
Winner or wiener
Married or mired
Insane or inane
Forge or forage
Assign or asinine
Diary or diarrhea
Philanderer or philanthropist
Pawn or porn
Largest or largesse
Military or Millinery
Marital or martial

It is not merely a matter of rhyming or homonyms.  These are words that kinda sound the same, but can border on offensive. 

My dilemma and confusion have now been solvent.

28 comments:

  1. That last one is actually the same thing in a lot of cases.

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    1. Solved and solvent...I can see that.

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    2. Whoops--that was martial and marital. Yes, most definitely.

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  2. Yeah a quick glance or hearing them sometimes can make you think one is the other.

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    1. Especially one like me--sometimes my brain mixes things up.

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  3. I have heard that the English language is not easy to learn.

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    1. Having taught Non-English speakers for nearly 2 decades, I can absolutely agree with that.

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  4. 'My dilemma and confusion have now been solvent.'

    :)

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    1. Sometimes words can be played with so freely.

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    1. We all need a bit of fun these daze.

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  6. We have this sort of conversation all the time in our family...heck, sometimes with hilarious results. Having a conversation with my mom has become dialogue good enough for a sitcom. And quite frankly when my daughter talks to me she often has a chuckle or too! As always...great post!
    Blessings, Joanne

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    1. Glad you have had my experiences. I wish I could be a fly on your walls...

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  7. Now you're being just plain silly. I'm somewhat indigent after reading this--or is that indignant.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Sorry abutt your homeless state--I have a garage you can live in...

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  8. Dear Susan, you are indeed "solvent!" In more ways than one. Peace.

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    1. Sometimes I don't feel that way. Solved would be nice; solvent I suppose is better.

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  9. What's your martial status? Everyone's a wiener! :D

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    1. Thirty-seven years ago, I attained a yellow belt. My martial status is 40 years. And everyone IS a wiener.

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  10. Great examples of similar words. There are a lot of them, it seems--I once thought "Calvary" and "Cavalry" were the same thing.

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    1. I till have to think about that one; the hymn "At Calvary" helps.

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  11. I see words incorrectly, too. After I go back and straighten it out I wonder. Perhaps we read what we want to read.

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    1. That is possible. Some words that are typed frequently start to look wrong after a while.

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  12. LOL! Ah yes, you'd think Libertine would pertain to freedom. I guess they are taking liberties.

    I once overheard someone say pre-racialists and the person with them said no, you mean Pre-Raphaelities!

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    1. Now THAT one is one I would not have found.

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  13. Great list of mix-ups... *chuckles*
    The English language is certainly complicated...

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!