Evacuee refers to a person removed from a dangerous area. Many evacuees spent the night at a school during the storm. Refugee refers to a person who flees for refuge or safety. The refugee fled from the war and left his home country behind.
Category: Confusing Words
Difference between Euphemism and Euphuism
Euphemism is an inoffensive word or phrase substituted for an offensive word or phrase. The phrase “previously owned” is a euphemism for “used”. Euphuism is a style of prose from the Elizabethan period. His writing style contrasts with the ornate style of euphuism.
Difference between Especially and Specially
Especially means particularly or standing apart from all the rest. The air quality in the Adirondack Mountains is especially fresh. Specially means for a specific purpose or reason. Those students were specially chosen for their artistic talents.
Difference between Esoteric and Exoteric
Esoteric means intended for a select few. The author’s esoteric use of language can deter the average reader. Exoteric means not intended for a particular group but anyone. Many books deal with the exoteric forms of the Egyptian mysteries.
Difference between Escape goat and Scapegoat
Scapegoat, which is one who is blamed for another’s misdeeds, is the correct word, though escape goat is actually closer to the original meaning of the phrase. It has roots in an ancient Jewish custom that allows one of two sacrificial goats to go free, taking the sins of the people with it. This goat […]
Difference between Eruption and Irruption
Eruption refers to a violent outburst or discharge of material. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompei in 79 AD. Irruption refers to an increase, such as in population. An irruption of winter finches from the north woods is expected.
Difference between Errata and Erratum
Errata (plural form) refers to a publication’s list of corrections (e.g., errata sheet). Erratum is the singular form.
Difference between Erasable and Irascible
Erasable means capable of being rubbed out or removed. Please use only erasable markers on the white marker boards. Irascible means disagreeable or easily provoked. After months of being unemployed, he became irascible.
Difference between Equivocate, Prevaricate and Procrastinate
Equivocate means to be deliberately ambiguous in order to mislead. He equivocated and gave complex answers to our questions. Prevaricate means to stray from the truth, mislead, or lie. He spoke with candor and saw no reason to prevaricate. Procrastinate means to postpone, put off, or defer. Why did the judges continue to procrastinate about […]
Difference between Equivocably and Equivocally
Use Equivocally. Equivocably is not a word.
Difference between Equipment and Equipments
Use equipment. Equipments is not a word.
Difference between Equable and Equitable
Equable means unvarying, agreeable, or steady. Ireland’s equable climate is due to its proximity to the sea. Equitable means impartial, fair, or reasonable. The club gave an equitable distribution of gifts to the charities.