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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