Confused Words Exercise (155)
In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.)
Answers and Explanations
1. Some football fans have a reputation for going to the game totally bemused after a morning of tailgating, barely able to walk a straight line.
Bemused means "muddled or confused," as with intoxicating liquor. Amused means "diverted, entertained."
2. As the other car was stationary, I don’t understand how you managed to run into it.
Stationary means "having a fixed station or place." Stationery refers to writing paper and envelopes.
3. You know I don’t subscribe to the practice of testing cosmetics on animals.
Subscribe in this context means "consent." Ascribe means "to assign credit to." Example: The coining of the word agnostic is ascribed to Thomas Huxley.
4. In the past, senators on opposite sides of the aisle knew how to compromise.
Aisle is an area between two sections. Isle is another word for island: a portion of land entirely surrounded by water.
5. When I told my mother about my new job at the White House, she was incredulous.
Incredulous means "unable to believe." Incredible means "beyond belief, unbelievable." Example: The news that extraterrestrial beings had been sighted was incredible.