Misused Words: Meet, Mete, and Meat

Sometimes the simplest words can be mixed up or confused. These words are no different so here are some examples of each:

Misused Words: Meet, Mete, and Meat

Meet means having an encounter or appointment with someone.

For example: The author is going to meet with her editor this afternoon.

For example: I hope the Post Office will forward the mail to my new address.

Mete means to give out or to allot something, often related to some sort of judgement or punishment.

For example: The evil character in the book is all too happy to mete out punishment on all who cross his path!

For example: However, the hero is almost always able to mete out justice on the evil character for those who have been wronged.

Meat, of course, is food. It is usually related to a type of protein such as beef.

For example: What kind of meat do you want for dinner tonight?

For example: Her daughter’s favorite type of meat is flank steak.

A side note: Mete isn’t used as often as it once was but you may still encounter the word, especially in older books and/or academia. The other two, naturally, you are probably very familiar with, but again, sometimes we can be careless and spell the word incorrectly so it is good to go back to basics once in a while. 🙂

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Misused Words: Adverse vs Averse

These words are very similar but there are some slight differences.

Adverse means something that is dangerous, unfavorable, or contrary. It is used with things not people. It is often used in describing the weather.

For example: There may be adverse weather conditions during our vacation.

For example: Certain pharmaceutical drugs can have adverse effects on the body.

Averse means having a strong repugnance or dislike for something.

For example: Much to my husband’s dismay, I am completely averse to taking a cruise.

For example: She is not averse to completely revamping her story’s plot.

These two words are a little tricky. Just keep in mind that adverse is used in regards to things, not people. Adverse is never used in relations to people. Averse is most often followed by the word “to.” Also, you know averse is used correctly if you can substitute the work with “opposed” or “dislike.”

In both examples above, you can easily change averse to opposed. “Much to my husband’s dismay, I am completely opposed to taking a cruise.” “She is not opposed to completely revamping her story’s plot.”

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Misused Words: Aloud vs Allowed

In context, you know what these words are but in writing they are often misspelled, so here is a little refresher:

Misused Words Aloud vs Allowed

Aloud means to use the voice or making noise or sound with the voice.

For example: Nathan voiced his opinion aloud.

For example: Ruth likes to read  aloud to the children.

Allowed is the past tense of allow (a verb) which means to permit or give permission to.

For example: The author allowed her fans to get a sneak peek of her upcoming book.

For example: The plugins allowed for greater usability of the website.

That’s it.  🙂

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