Facebook is a dangerous place. It’s full of fake news, spelling errors, and the great definitely defiantly plague of 2019. Okay, it’s not that dramatic, but if you knew me…I’m always dramatic.
This post is going to be short, but I wanted to help set the record straight about two words that end up in like half the Facebook posts I see (okay that’s not statistically accurate, but I’m a writer. I don’t do math). You hear people correcting those their, they’re, there’s or the you’re, your’s, but not much on this front.
Defiantly is used way too often in place of the word definitely. So much so, I’m pretty sure it’s become a joke for YouTube react channels that read dumb comments from Facebook.
So let’s break it down.
Definitely: (def·i·nite·ly) meaning without doubt or clearly. It’s used as a sort of emphasis on what you’re already saying. “I am definitely going to be there.”
Defiantly: (de·fi·ant·ly) meaning to show open resistance or bold disobedience (according to the google definition). “She defiantly refused to finish her vegetables.”
This might be straight forward information to a lot of you writers, but you’d be surprised at what words you can mix up sometimes.
Hell, I always said epitome wrong since all I knew of it was from books. It was pretty embarrassing when I was called out for it, but now I know how to pronounce it.
Or even when to use effect or affect. The English language is hard and unforgiving.
But, don’t get me started on everyone who uses “writting” or “alot.” That’s a whole other post.
Are there any words you had/have troubles with? Or ways to help you remember which word to use when? Let me know in the comments below.