New Words Oxford English Dictionary 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary takes into consideration adding new words every year. It’s safe to say that looking at the new words can give you a good gauge of what’s trending in our society. This year is no different. Check out the new words added for 2016 below.

Confusing words: used to, use to

Ninety-nine percent of the time, you’ll use “used to,” not “use to.” The following sentences are examples of how “used to” is often used: So what about the 1%? When is “use to” acceptable? Of course, if that sentence sounds awkward to you, it can also be written as “I use these two pencils to… Read More

Confusing words: More Supid and Stupider

1. Although it doesn’t look or sound right, “stupider” is the standard comparative form of “stupid”: 2. “Dumb” does mean “unable to speak,” but it also is a near-perfect synonym of “stupid.” (However, “stupid” does not share the definition of being unable to speak; its primary meaning is “unintelligent.”) Keep in mind that “dumb” and… Read More

Confusing words: Make and Do

DO There are no easy rules to follow. We always use do to describe indefinite activities, often with what, thing, anything, nothing, etc and generally speaking we also use do to talk about duties, jobs or (leisure) activities. Look at the following examples: ‘What shall we do now?’ ‘You can do what you like. I’m… Read More