Segue vs. Segway

Segway06_mood_smallSegue vs. Segway.

Both are pronounced the same way, but they mean totally different things.

A Segway is the mode of transportation seen on the right.

Segue, however, is both a noun and verb, both with similar meanings (neither of which have to do with transportation.

Segue as a noun means “an uninterrupted transition made between one musical section or composition and another; any smooth, uninterrupted transition from one thing to another.”

Segue as a verb means “to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes to food.”

(Definitions from Dictionary.com.)

Taught vs. Taut

I’ve actually seen this one twice in the past week — taught used when taut was meant. I didn’t fret too much when I saw it on Facebook because people make mistakes there all the time. But when I saw it in a book — a book written by an English teacher and then edited by whomever edits these things over at the Major Publishing House that published this book, I thought my head was going to explode.

In case you have any questions, where’s what you need to know:

taught — This is the past tense of the verb to teach. Example: Mrs. Smith taught her students correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

taut — This is an adjective with a few meanings: 1) tightly drawn; tense; not slack. 2) emotionally or mentally strained or tense )for example: taut nerves). 3) in good order or condition; tidy; neat. *

Lose vs. Loose

49c4f9f515ed6fb55def82884872508dNot a week goes by that I do not see lose and loose used as if they are interchangeable. They are not.

You lose weight, your keys, and sometimes even your mind.

After you lose weight, your pants are too loose.

If you’re going to refer to someone in a derogatory way, they are a loser, not a looser [sic].

I had no idea there was a name for this

enhanced-buzz-25474-1380053079-30Examples of this:

  • Kleenex instead of tissues
  • Band Aid instead of bandages
  • Chapstick instead of lip balm
  • Xerox instead of photocopy
  • Coke (the beverage, not the drug) instead of soda, pop, etc.

To this list, one could also add Google used as a verb meaning “to look up online” (“I’ll Google that to find out.”) but I guess it would depend on if the person using the word is or is not using Google to do their search.