Thursday, September 28, 2006

Today's English lesson

From Common Errors in English:

Anecdotal Evidence of an Antidote

A humorist or a storyteller relates "anecdotes," pronounced AN-ek-doats.

A doctor prescribes an "antidote" (pronounced AN-ti-doat) to someone who's been poisoned.

Don't confuse the two simply because they are pronounced similarly. Particularly when they're said quickly, they can sound very much alike. This is a prime example of a time when careful pronunciation will clear up any confusion.

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