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17 June 2011

Top 10 misused English words

ListVerse, home to top-10 lists on almost everything, has recently published Andrew Pepper's list of the top ten English words misused by professional writers and speakers.

Do you agree? Disagree? Do you have other candidates?

(Andrew Pepper writes crime fiction set in Victorian Britain, and lectures in English at Queen's University, Belfast.)


  1. What about 'anticipated' - meaning 'expected in a pleasurable way'? I'm always seeing things like 'Economic performance worse than anticipated'. I suppose it's another example of wanting to use a bigger word, when 'expected' would do the job perfectly well!

  2. "Moveable feast" is NOT a picnic but headline writers think it is.