Some speakers and writers are beginning to use the word affluent in contexts that call for fluent.
Here are some examples of incorrect usage I’ve notice on the web:
a good vocabulary is necessary… everyone should be well rounded and affluent in their own language.
[Name] has over 14 years of real estate experience, is affluent in Spanish and specializes in new home and residential sales.
[Name] was baptized in November 2006. She is affluent in Spanish, but her English is very weak.
[Name], who is affluent in Spanish, works with Hispanic students.
I need someone who is affluent in Spanish and I also would like to know about what they would charge for this.
I now realize that not everyone is affluent in Spanish.
Both fluent and affluent come from Latin words related to the idea of moving water: fluere, “to flow”; affluere, “flow toward.”
In modern usage, the most common definitions of the two words are these:
fluent [flū’ənt] : flowing or capable of flowing, especially with ease or freedom
affluent [ăf’lū-ənt] : having an abundance of goods or riches
The misuse reflects a nonstandard pronunciation of affluent that puts the stress on the second syllable instead of the first.
Here are some examples of the correct use of affluent:
Are Affluent Teens The Latest Victims Of Mental Illness?
These are affluent singles and couples who live in the chic high-rise neighborhoods of many big cities, owning swank condos and apartments.
An Increasingly Affluent Middle India Is Harder to Ignore
A person may live in an affluent neighborhood, but is fluent in a language.