30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad
While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, "who" and "whom." I rarely use "whom" when I should. Even when spell check suggests "whom," I think it sounds pretentious. So I don't use it. And I'm sure some people then think, "What a bozo." And that's a problem, because just like that one misspelled word that gets a resumé tossed into the "nope" pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message. Fair or unfair, it happens. So let's make sure it doesn't: Adverse and averse Adverse means harmful or unfavorable; "Adverse market conditions caused the IPO to be poorly subscribed." But you can feel free to have an aversion to adverse conditions. Affect and effect Verbs first. As for nouns, effect is almost always correct; "Once he was fired he was given twenty minutes to gather his personal effects." Compliment and complement Compliment is to say something nice. For which I may decide to compliment you. (Seriously.