COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS/PHRASES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
Below are some of the words we use wrongfully on daily basis as writers and English Language speakers particularly in the second language situational contexts.
Wrong:Muslim faithfuls are expected to be fasting right now.
Correct: Muslim faithful are expected to be fasting right now.
Correct: Governor of Osun State has congratulated all Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.
Even when you mean plural, it is always "Christian faithful", "Muslim faithful" not Christian faithfuls or Muslim Faithfuls.In these contexts,the word faithful doesn't attract 's'.
(2)Lack Behind/Lag Behind:
Wrong:Read your books well so that you will not lack behind your mates in the school.
Correct:Read your books well so that you will not lag behind your mates in the school.
Note:The appropriate word there is "lag", not "lack".You don't lack behind but you lag behind.
Wrong:Lean to always horn before overtaking the car in front of you.
Correct: Learn to always honk before overtaking the car in front of you.
Wrong: Tobi was horning too loud such that I have to call him to order.
Correct: Tobi was horning too loud such that I have to call him to order.
The object is what is called "horn".
The derivative verb from that is "honk".
Hence, you honk the horn of a car.
Word forms: honks, honking, honked. transitive verb/
intransitive verb. If you honk the horn of a vehicle or if the horn honks, you make the horn produce a short loud sound. Drivers honked their horns in solidarity with the peace marchers.
Wrong:Get me cutleries to eat my lunch.
Correct:Get me cutlery to eat my lunch.
All objects you used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons, etc, are called "cutlery", not "cutleries".
Wrong:I request for statineries for use in my office
Correct:I request for stationery for use in my office
Note: All your writing and other office materials, such as books, pens, erasers, stamps, etc, are called "stationery", not "stationeries".
(6)Plate Number/Number Plate:
Wrong:My wife has applied for a PLATE NUMBER for her new car.
Correct:My wife has applied for a NUMBER PLATE for her new car.
What you place at the front and back of your car is called "number plate", not "plate number".
In English Language,there is no such word as 'Trickish',what exist and correct is 'Tricky'.
Wrong:Yahoo guys can be very trickish.
Correct:Yahoo guys can be very tricky.
Wrong:I cannot eat the soup because it is pepperish.
Correct:I cannot eat the soup because it is peppery.
(9)Running Stomach/Runny Stomach:
Wrong: I prefer to skip the breakfast today because I have RUNNING stomach.
Correct:I prefer to skip the breakfast today I have RUNNY stomach.
(10)Running Nose/Runny Nose:
Wrong:My daughter couldn't go to school yesterday because she had RUNNING nose.
Correct:My daughter couldn't go to school yesterday because she had RUNNY nose
(11)Raining Season/Rainy Season:
Wrong: We are still in the RAINING season.
Correct:We are still in the RAINY season.
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