Thursday, 13 March 2014

Words often confused and misused -7

1.    Crime, Sin and Vice
Crime /kraɪm/     An Illegal activity or action
Demanding dowry is a crime.
There was a time when telling lies, was considered a sin.
Vice/vaɪs/            A bad habit or a bad personal quality
He is a young man without vices like smoking or drinking.

2.    Cue and Queue
Cue/kjuː/             Signal to speak or act
When Sita’s mother glared at her, she took the cue and stopped talking.
Queue/kjuː/        A line of persons waiting for their turn
I have been waiting in the queue in front of the ticket counter for nearly two hours.

3.    Custom and Habit
Custom /ˈkʌstəm/          Something that people always do in a particular way
It is her custom to go to the temple on Fridays.
Habit /ˈhæbɪt/                  Regularly repeated behavioural pattern
Suma has made it a habit to do yoga daily.

4.    Dairy and Dairy
Dairy /ˈdeəri/                   A farm for milk production/ milk products
We buy milk from Amul Dairy.
Diary /ˈdaɪəri/                  Personal record of life’s events
I have kept a diary since I was fifteen.

5.    Defective and Deficient    
Defective /dɪˈfektɪv/                   Imperfect or faulty
The mixie-grinder we bought yesterday was defective.
Deficient  /dɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt/                 Lacking the correct amount of something.

Her diet has been deficient in Vitamin C.

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