A few times now, I’ve been wanting to write this down. I know: a lot of people will go *shrug*. Others may find me pedantic. Some of will say I’m being a smart-ass. Whatever…but I just got to write down a few of these common misconceptions that keep floating around.
None of these misconceptions are really harmful - in most cases, they do not lead to misunderstanding or miscommunication. However, when you are writing about these subjects, you’ll often find that a sloppy definition you used in some place will bite you in the tail, and make it harder to explain something later on. So, that is why I from time to time get kind of obsessed with finding just the right words.
I’m not pretending I have the right words though. But there are a few informal ways of saying things that at a glance look right but are in fact wrong. Here’s a random list of some of them: