20 Of The Most Misused Words & How You Can Avoid Sounding Unintelligent . . .

Want to know how? Read on.

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
5 min readApr 19, 2020


We tend to talk faster than we think; this can cause all types of problems and most of the time we don’t even catch ourselves. Our mouth opens at the same time our brain starts and the words come spewing out of our mouths at such an incredible rate to the point our brains can’t keep up. Look at it this way.

There’s a race and there are two contestants: the brain which represents a turtle and the mouth which represents the hare. They line up at the starting post and the starting pistol fires the shot which starts the race. The mouth takes off at such an incredible pace leaving everybody in his dust.

The mouth finishes well before the brain but along the way the mouth tarnished his reputation by using words out of context. A few minutes later here comes the brain with his reputation intact. The race represents us.

As we finish talking our brain is still catching up. It’s at this point we realize we’ve said things we shouldn’t have, or at least we should’ve slowed down a bit so we could either rephrase our thoughts or at least picked better words to use.

I can’t slow you down when it comes to how fast you speak, that’s up to you. To accomplish this, you have to be aware of yourself whenever you’re talking to somebody.

When it comes to choosing words, I can help you there but I can’t do all the work. I can give you the knowledge but you still need to remain aware of your word usage whenever you’re talking.I’m about to give you a list of twenty misused words in the English language. You need to read over these and study them. Write them down, Meditate on them. Over and over and over again.

I’ve provided you with a list of the twenty misused words, there are more but these are my favorites.

Twenty Misused Words

Accept vs. Except

These two words sound similar but have very different meanings. Accept means to receive something willingly: “She accepted his apology” or “She accepted the money.” Except signifies exclusion: “I can attend every meeting except the one next week.”



A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer