Choose Your English (vii)


envelop / envelope
To envelop is to surround something completely. But an envelope is a piece of paper you put your love note in and lick to seal. With envelop, the accent is on the second syllable, while with envelope, the accent is on the first.

epigram / epigraph
An epigram is a little poem or clever statement, but an epigraph is a specific kind of epigram: a witty statement that’s inscribed somewhere, such as on a building or at the beginning of a chapter or book.

epitaph / epithet
An epitaph is written on a tombstone. An epithet is a nickname or a description of someone. However, they could be combined e.g. “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” ― Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche.

especially / specially
The words especially and specially, have just a hair’s breadth of difference between them. Both can be used to mean “particularly.”

exalt / exult
To exalt, means to glorify or elevate something, but to exult is to rejoice. Exalt your status in the world. Exult when you get the last two tickets to see your favourite band.

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