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Allusion vs. Illusion

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The similar spellings and pronunciations of allusion and illusion can cause even seasoned writers to second-guess their choice of words. Today we will examine and clarify the differences between these two terms.

An allusion is a reference, direct or implied, to something or someone. Allusions are often found in books, songs, TV shows, and movies. For instance, the title of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World is allusion to a work by William Shakespeare; the phrase “brave new world” is spoken by Prospero’s daughter, Miranda, in the The Tempest:

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in ’t!

An illusion, on the other hand, is something that deceives the mind or senses by creating a false impression of reality. Illusions are often (though not always) related to visual perception, as in optical illusion. A mirage, such as the phenomenon of perceiving a sea of water in a desert, is a type of illusion.

Allusion and illusion are both related to the Latin term lūdere meaningto play,” along with their linguistic cousin delusion. Although the prefix de-, denoting privation or negation, provides a hint to the more serious contexts in which this term is sometimes used.

A delusion is a false belief or opinion. In the context of mental health, a delusion can be defined as a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact, as in “paranoid delusion.”

To keep them straight, try associating the “i” in illusion with an eye, relating the term to optical illusions.

243 Comments

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      • Cheese -  November 8, 2016 - 12:22 pm

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        • I like trains -  November 15, 2016 - 8:06 pm

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          • Illuminati -  November 16, 2016 - 4:28 pm

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  11. Kallie Z. -  October 13, 2016 - 12:15 pm

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  12. A Person -  October 10, 2016 - 10:24 am

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    • A HUMAN -  October 11, 2016 - 6:07 pm

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        • MOTHER TERESA -  October 11, 2016 - 6:09 pm

          If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? Any country that accepts abortions is not teaching people to love but to use any violence to get what they want. – Mother Teresa

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          • Ash -  October 13, 2016 - 11:21 am

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          • Catholic Girl -  October 13, 2016 - 4:39 pm

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          • nn -  October 25, 2016 - 3:46 pm

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          • =P -  November 13, 2016 - 7:03 am

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        • TheSixthChickenPlayz -  October 26, 2016 - 1:33 am

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      • bob -  October 13, 2016 - 10:10 am

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      • Bk -  October 26, 2016 - 1:19 pm

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  13. Albert Einstein II -  October 9, 2016 - 10:34 pm

    In case you’re wondering, I’m just a copy of the first Albert Einstein.

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    • Albert Einstein -  October 9, 2016 - 10:36 pm

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      • Albert Einstein III -  October 11, 2016 - 6:30 am

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        • Albert Einstein IV -  October 11, 2016 - 5:01 pm

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          • Albert Einstein V -  October 11, 2016 - 7:15 pm

            Well, I’m smarter than all four of you!

        • Albert Einstein VI -  October 11, 2016 - 5:17 pm

          Well, I trump you all.

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        • Albert Einstein MLLXVIII -  October 11, 2016 - 11:52 pm

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          • albert einstine XXXXXXXLLLLLLVVVLLXL -  October 12, 2016 - 11:34 am

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          • swag -  October 12, 2016 - 1:07 pm

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          • Albert Einstein MMMLXXXIII -  October 12, 2016 - 5:01 pm

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          • Albert Einstein The first -  October 12, 2016 - 8:30 pm

            Say what?

          • Albert Einstein ∞ -  October 13, 2016 - 6:54 am

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          • Albert Einstien:infinity and beyond -  October 13, 2016 - 12:22 pm

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          • Albert Einstein ∞+1 -  October 17, 2016 - 7:51 am

            No comment.

        • Albert Einstein -  October 24, 2016 - 2:42 pm

          I think I’m smarter since I’m first.

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          • Zombie -  November 2, 2016 - 8:24 am

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          • Albert Einstein ∞+2 -  November 16, 2016 - 4:39 pm

            Meh. I think I’ve won

  14. Ally -  October 9, 2016 - 9:53 am

    Hello

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    • Heyyyyyyyyyyyy -  October 11, 2016 - 12:42 pm

      That’s pretty good

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    • michael -  October 12, 2016 - 11:35 am

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  15. Coooolios -  August 18, 2016 - 5:40 am

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    • Fucker -  October 6, 2016 - 5:40 pm

      Loblolly lol

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    • Kallie -  October 13, 2016 - 12:24 pm

      Isn’t this a song? :D

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  16. hi -  February 21, 2016 - 7:34 am

    Um…why do they talk about delusion if the article is supposed to be on allusion and illusion…

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    • Coooolios -  August 18, 2016 - 5:41 am

      chill fam

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  17. your mom -  January 26, 2016 - 10:19 am

    nooooooo!

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    • Mitchell -  January 28, 2016 - 10:05 am

      I do believe that an argument with inferiors such as yourselves- who use an educational blog as a chat room- is obviously unproductive and ineffectual due to the fact that insults sprout from the slightest misconduct. I will say, however, that allusion and illusion are very different in their prefixes, making them both quite distinctive. Also, not only do their prefixes contrast, but their uses and definitions make in astronomically and effectively impossible for me to (for want of a better word) accidentally mix these words. If you should wish to insult me- go ahead. This is the Internet- you can hide behind stupid

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      • chris -  August 4, 2016 - 6:52 pm

        The first letter of a word is not a “prefix,” Stupid.

        One does not “mix” words. The word you were looking for is ‘confuse,’ which is verbally, in a literary voice that is to say, ironic insofar as you are a confused pompous arse…, and undoubtedly mixed-up!

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        • Coooolios -  August 18, 2016 - 5:49 am

          The first letter of your name needs to be capitalized. Stupid.
          One ‘can’ mix words. Have you never heard of Naque’s Word Mixer?
          Clearly it’s you who’s the pompous arse.

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          • dodge -  October 11, 2016 - 10:49 am

            you just got roasted and burn´t at the same time and I didn´t even think that was possible. Oh and Chris I just have one question for you and that is who are you the advanced writing police or something. Why don´t you keep your nose out of conversations they don´t belong in Sir Pompous Arse. Peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Zombie -  November 2, 2016 - 8:26 am

          best

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    • mara -  February 2, 2016 - 12:24 pm

      LOL bruh!

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  18. beast -  January 20, 2016 - 5:54 pm

    mind blown

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  19. Manuel -  January 19, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    I do not understand why all the confusion. English is not my native language and I dare say this was a fantastic clarification on its own. I do see though why such a confusion would arise, since the original author introduced yet another word to their article.

    Sorry for the broken english (since I’m a foreigner, it is mandatory for me to type this,,,I guess, lol.)

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    • English Speaker -  October 10, 2016 - 7:25 am

      Hey, don’t worry about it, dude. Your English is better than half of us native English speakers.

      P.S. Don’t forget commas!

      :)

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      • Albert Einstein -  October 13, 2016 - 8:37 am

        I AM THE ALL TIME SMARTEST

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        • Albert Einstein -  October 13, 2016 - 8:40 am

          YOU KNOW WHO I AM

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  20. Pravallika -  January 19, 2016 - 9:41 am

    Its clarifying..

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  21. pookasa -  January 16, 2016 - 8:35 pm

    besty

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  22. pookasa -  January 16, 2016 - 8:33 pm

    pookasa

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  23. Your Mom -  January 16, 2016 - 10:59 am

    Why add delusion in there when the title says allusion and illusion. .-.

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  24. Anonymous -  January 15, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    jonah here is all over the place.
    What kind of crazy weed is he smokin’?

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  25. Mohamed -  January 14, 2016 - 11:20 am

    WHAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Kate -  January 15, 2016 - 11:59 am

      seriously?????

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    • Fatima -  January 18, 2016 - 8:10 am

      A stupid comment on a serious subject (the specific meaning of words).

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  26. Celena Gibson -  January 14, 2016 - 8:10 am

    Not to seem rude, but the bloggers that do not understand what an allusion is, or its difference from illusion, why do you not look up its definition and synonyms so that you understand it’s meaning? And if you have to, then look up the definition of illusion and it’s synonyms as well. Allusion is mainly used in English Literature classes in high school or college. My point is that the two words are NOT synonymous: they do not mean the same thing. My advice would be to not rely on just this one article to clarify your confusion. After looking up the two words separately on this website, you will likely understand. However, you can always check out another dictionary and/or thesaurus as well. Thank you for putting your questions out there, especially the people whose English is not their native tongue.

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    • Celena Gibson -  January 14, 2016 - 8:35 am

      Wow, my smart phone put an apostrophe in my possessive word ‘its.’ Maybe Dictionary.com should do a short one for it’s and its. I will likely beat them to it, however. I don’t have the time at the moment, but I will visit again soon to check out the Word of the Day and your all’s questions and comments. Try to not argue and/or insult each other please!

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      • Juliette -  January 16, 2016 - 3:32 pm

        Hey Miss Bossy Pants! You need to back off and move along!

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        • Ariel -  January 19, 2016 - 3:00 pm

          So true!

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        • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:14 am

          Hey, you don’t need to freak out about someone’s message (I know, I’m being hypocritical here, but I feel the need to say this, since you could have just as easily come up with a more logical argument than an insult). I get it if you find Ms. Gibson’s message offensive, but if that is so the case, then tell her in a more respectful tone, and people like her and I would be a good deal more inclined to listen.

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    • Zhi -  January 14, 2016 - 7:16 pm

      Male
      From TRENT UNIVERSITY
      Learn English language,then choice business course

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      • Fatima -  January 18, 2016 - 8:14 am

        You should take your own advice and learn the English language by not confusing a noun with a verb (you mean “choose” not “choice”).

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    • Satan -  January 15, 2016 - 6:43 am

      this paragraph is beyond confusing cause of the three words he is using………….

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    • Sandeep Siriganeni -  January 15, 2016 - 9:35 pm

      yes, Celena. You are right. As you said the explanation simply creates a confusion. In my view, these two words can be simply understood by looking up the dictionary. Allusion simply means symbolism and illusion means false/fake.

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    • Luke Xu (qq410219243) -  January 16, 2016 - 5:27 pm

      U know, they did actually say the 2 words are different. When you said,
      ” Literature classes in high school or college. -=[My point is that the two words are NOT synonymous]=-: they do not mean the same thing. “

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    • Jo Spiller -  January 17, 2016 - 7:43 pm

      Yes, but Celena, isn’t this a site tailored to providing definitions and synonyms so that we can understand their meanings? I don’t get what the upset is, sorry, perhaps I’m just not interpreting you clearly.

      ,And, you know, nothing on this site remotely suggests the twp words are synonymous.

      I thought they were very clear, concise, and accurate in their handling of this common problem, buzz kill that it is.

      Celena, I’m not saying anything, you know? I’m just saying.

      Yours,
      Jo

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    • jim -  January 25, 2016 - 8:58 am

      My confusion about allusion was just an illusion

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    • Unsinn -  January 25, 2016 - 8:41 pm

      For someone who wishes “not to seem rude”, you do a darned good job at it.

      One underlying point in the article is to stress (just like you wrote) that the two words are not synonyms.

      In the bigger picture, however, the purpose of the “pop up” article is to help make those who might inadvertently be mixing up two words aware that they are in error.

      The “scumbag bloggers” (which you appear to be are calling them) might not be aware they are intermixing non-synonyms and don’t realize they might have the words confused. The whole point of the pop-up quizzes is to help make a writer aware of what they may have been missing.

      Don’t be so judgmental, unless of course that is your purpose.

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    • Random person -  October 17, 2016 - 8:25 am

      You know your answer could just be an educated guess. I’m in middle school and even I know that… 0.0

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  27. Alkins -  January 14, 2016 - 4:48 am

    He gave the allusion he would create an illusion but upon my conclusion it was his delusion just creating confusion.

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    • cowboysquish -  January 14, 2016 - 6:12 pm

      I am going to choose illusion because I life optical illusions. Also don’t make fun of my name that it is cowboysquish because that is my cats name his name is Cowboy but he is chubby so I call him squish ok. That is why you don’t want to make fun of my name. Anyway I want the word to be illusion don’t ask why because I don’t want to answer that good day.

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      • Game Freak 2.0 -  January 16, 2016 - 1:35 pm

        dont worry i wont

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      • Coooolios -  August 18, 2016 - 6:05 am

        Best comment of the year.

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    • Satan -  January 15, 2016 - 6:39 am

      u r very correct

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      • malbosha maqkha light -  January 16, 2016 - 4:21 am

        Thank You for acknowledging my thoughts as i have found a great deal or should i say lack there of intellectually sound opinion. As there appears to be a lot of children whom had a silver spoon crammed up there ass and were never able to create thought.only ridicule others for being them selves.. That being said : .Pacta sunt servanda, Pacta dant legem contractui DIEU SON ACTE the kleptocracy is MALIUM EN SE i as the patriarch of the children of light a true son of God only want PACEM IN TERRIS KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE PACEM IN TERRIS quam homines universi cupidissime quovis tempore appetiverunt condition confirmarique non posse constat nisi in ordine whom God constituit sancte servato

        Take Care old friend

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        • bbobb -  January 20, 2016 - 3:36 am

          WTF is all that garbage at the end????????

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          • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:17 am

            My assumption: another language

          • Cirdan -  October 9, 2016 - 11:02 am

            it is latin
            Know this to be true peace on earth, peace on earth, all men can be at any time with the greatest eagerness is evident that in order to be able to have coveted condition confirmarique whom God did not make the saints in accordance with the

    • Angel Nurase -  January 17, 2016 - 8:59 pm

      great answer Mr Alkins solutions of allusion and illusion.

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    • Sarah -  January 18, 2016 - 12:50 pm

      I like that!

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  28. malbosha maqkha light -  January 14, 2016 - 4:41 am

    THE ILLUSION MANIFESTED LONG AGO TO CREATE THE ALLUSION OF IN TODAY’S CULTURE WOULD BE CALLED GOD.THERE IS A MAGNIFICENT FATHER AND MOTHER TO THE HUMAN RACE ,AS TO CLASSIFICATION IN DUIE SON ACTE AND TO SPEND ETERNITY IN CHAOS SEARCHING FOR THE ANSWER IS NOT THE MEANING OF LIFE.THE AW INSPIRING {SPARK I(REFERENCE)} IS IN ALL OF US SHOULD ONE BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO SEARCH INSIDE THEM – SELVES! TRUE STUDY OF THINGS AND WORDS DOES GIVE HUMANKIND THE ABILITY TO MAKE A INTELLIGENT DECISION BASED ON FACTS,ACTION,AND CONSCIOUSNESS.
    I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAIN MY THOUGHT PROCESS OF MY THESIS,

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS SAY DO NOT KILL YET THERE HAS BEEN AND STILL ARE RELIGIOUSNESS . KILLINGS..

    ENGRAVED ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IT DECLARES DO NOT MAKE UNTO THY SELVES ANY GRAVEN IMAGES. .(AS THE OBJECTS OF GRAVEN ARE VAST ONE IN SEARCH OF ‘TRUE’ ENLIGHTEN MEANT SHOULD SEEK THE THE CATALOGER OF GRAVEN IMAGES.

    AND FINALLY AND I SAY FOR I LOVE THE MAN JESUS AND THE MORALS HE LIVED BY THEY ARE SO POWER FULL THEY -
    EN-COUR-AGE ALL OF US TODAY AND NOT A BRAVER MAN HAS WALKED THIS EARTH.~~~~the ten commandments say do not kill ,do not make en-graven images ,tho shall have no other God before me.(honer thy mother and they father) {the creators} of life .Jesus the true son of God was killed graven images on that malum en se event are the course of worship today by many church entity s.

    The dictionary is probably the only graven item that gives in some respect a chance for one to make up there own mind .

    THE FATHER LOVES HIS CHILDREN AS DOES THE MOTHER EVEN WHEN THE CHILD HURTS THERE FEELING OR HAS NOT THE TIME TO SAY HELLO ..THEY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU ONE WOULD THINK ..
    *malbosha maqkha light~*})

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    • Sharon -  January 14, 2016 - 6:19 pm

      I see you are working very hard not to believe. Just to explain the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” The original language says, “Thou shalt do no murder”. Murder and Kill are very different. We kill for self defense, war. We murder for selfish reasons such as hate and greed. I hope you will honestly see the difference.

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      • malbosha maqkha light -  January 17, 2016 - 3:06 pm

        I agree when you say dangers of a self incidence to ones life.But i feel it lacks the correct course of sentiment as to the effect of your response ,One is then forced to ask who was Jesus trying to kill?

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    • abbykimchi -  January 17, 2016 - 3:09 pm

      not all Christians are the same. they may be similar, but not the same. we all have different views on different topics.

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    • James Douglas -  January 17, 2016 - 4:05 pm

      The 10 commandments are mostly demands for ritualistic practice than moral behavior. The espoused morality is very suspect too.
      Don’t worship graven images……… but it’s OK to worship images illustrated on flat surfaces? “Graven” means sculptured or carved or engraved.
      Don’t hold false witness against your neighbor (dishonest slander.) But it’s OK to slander everyone who lives more than one property away?
      Keep the sabbath holy. But it’s OK to save your ass on the sabbath but not your neighbor’s ass? Walk past it and let it die a cruel death ordained by the almighty?
      My father was/is an abusive serial mass murderer – but I should still honor him?

      And the masochist who believes he should do unto others that which he wishes to be done unto himself?

      Allusion, illusion, elusion – 3 actions of the religious!

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    • Fatima -  January 18, 2016 - 8:18 am

      Huh???

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    • Laura -  January 23, 2016 - 5:39 am

      What the hell?? This is an article about the specific difference between two words in the English language that sometimes get confused (three if you include ‘delusion’). Must you spout your religious ramblings and private beliefs here?

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    • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:26 am

      Not to be rude or anything, but… what, exactly, was the point of all this? Was it for a religious purpose [I would assume so, given the whole rambling about God and the Ten Commandments (Which, while I do respect for its entirety, I still don't believe in), but I would prefer to be safe in the matter]? I doubt that many people will give this a second thought (heck, I doubt I even will), but I’m still curious. What were you trying to gain from this? While I entirely respect any form of peaceful preaching, in many cases, including this one, I would not suggest it. Aside from that, this page isn’t even about any religious matter. It’s only for clarification in the matter of “allusion” v.s. “illusion”, and also perhaps “delusion”.

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    • Somebody -  November 9, 2016 - 7:58 pm

      If you believe in God,and that he can do anything, can he make a rock so heavy he can’t lift it? Whatever your answer, it means he can’t do everything.

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  29. Zara -  January 13, 2016 - 3:33 pm

    Effect and Affect. Very tricky words

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    • Emily -  January 14, 2016 - 5:33 pm

      Not for me… Maybe some other people confuse these words but I don’t see how you can get confused.

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    • Fatima -  January 18, 2016 - 8:19 am

      Infer, refer.

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    • bbobb -  January 20, 2016 - 3:34 am

      Your just thick

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  30. Darlene -  January 13, 2016 - 8:02 am

    Restraint vs. Constraint??? Have read both definitions several times and they seem to be synonyms.

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    • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:27 am

      Restraint is to keep something away from something else, and constraint is to hold something within a boundary. But I would suggest looking towards sources other than myself, as I am in no way an expert in the matter ^^’

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  31. cin_sac -  January 12, 2016 - 11:59 am

    ‘They’re there, there’s their car’. That’s how I’m remember the difference between they’re, there and their. I have no idea if the sentence is grammatically correct, it may be, ‘They are there, there’s their car’, but that wouldn’t include ‘they’re’. So, for the sake of the difference between the words, I leave it as concise as possible.

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    • Jason Dalton-Earls -  January 14, 2016 - 7:17 am

      cin_sac, your sentence “They’re there, there’s their car” is actually completely grammatically correct (being ‘They’re’ is correct grammar to shorten ‘they are’ :)

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      • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:28 am

        Darn, you beat me to the punch ;P

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  32. hamishpirie -  January 12, 2016 - 8:31 am

    Is it an illusion that im seeing the word allusion?!?!?!?!

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    • Diana -  January 12, 2016 - 4:18 pm

      Doesn’t the word illusion and allusion mean the same thing?!?!?!?!

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      • Jason Dalton-Earls -  January 14, 2016 - 7:19 am

        Did you miss the wholer point of the article, or just fail to read it???

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        • Jason Dalton-Earls -  January 14, 2016 - 7:21 am

          *whole

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      • Jason Dalton-Earls -  January 14, 2016 - 7:22 am

        whole*

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      • Celena Gibson -  January 14, 2016 - 8:23 am

        Hello Diana. No ma’am, those two words do not mean the same thing. Please read my previous comment. An allusion is a reference to something else. It occurs a lot in literature, television, and movies about things like ideas, pop culture, politics, religion, or history. Sometimes it is posed as a joke, and usually to he ironic.

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      • Fatima -  January 18, 2016 - 8:24 am

        No – read the article. And the correct grammar is: “Don’t the words allusion and illusion mean the same thing?”

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    • f -  January 13, 2016 - 6:05 am

      Dang….0-0

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    • Satan -  January 15, 2016 - 6:41 am

      no it is not because allusion is an actual word u know……. :)

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      • Satan -  January 15, 2016 - 6:41 am

        B) B)

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      • bbobb -  January 20, 2016 - 3:33 am

        who didn’t know that thickhead

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  33. Ello love -  January 12, 2016 - 1:53 am

    Ello love

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    • Anonymous -  January 15, 2016 - 3:13 pm

      o,o

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      • Coooolios -  August 18, 2016 - 5:38 am

        ahah

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  34. Ivy -  January 11, 2016 - 7:51 pm

    their there they’re

    they’re going to town

    their brownies are burnt

    there is your phone

    bye.

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    • Fatima -  January 18, 2016 - 8:31 am

      Ivy – You get an A+ in my English class.

      Reply
  35. abbykimchi -  January 11, 2016 - 1:39 pm

    what about their, there, & they’re?

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    • dude -  January 12, 2016 - 5:11 pm

      yeah

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      • abbykimchi -  January 17, 2016 - 3:10 pm

        well that was pretty well self explained

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  36. sam -  January 11, 2016 - 3:35 am

    nice one well explain

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    • Anonymous -  January 11, 2016 - 3:43 pm

      lol

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      • Yunhee -  January 12, 2016 - 3:34 pm

        I love dictionary
        It so impressed

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      • dude -  January 12, 2016 - 5:12 pm

        LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

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        • dude -  January 12, 2016 - 5:13 pm

          WAIT WHAT?

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    • Jafa -  January 11, 2016 - 10:02 pm

      A clear explanation. I can only add that allusions ALUDE to something, illusions ILLUSTRATE something. :P The ones that trip me up are INQUIRY/ENQUIRY.

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      • jayel -  January 12, 2016 - 11:20 pm

        I believe inquiry is about some thing that has happened already and enquiry is for something that may not have happened. Example, the police made an inquiry into the murder of john doe… I am going to make an enquiry into that job you saw advertised in the restaurant bob.

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    • keara -  January 12, 2016 - 7:01 am

      you guys explain it very nicely

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      • Charlie -  January 14, 2016 - 10:31 am

        Hey

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  37. Eva -  January 10, 2016 - 9:23 pm

    Loose is like baggy lose is to a game

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  38. Jay -  January 9, 2016 - 11:20 pm

    It could be an illusion to see someone suffering from delusion because of a false allusion!

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    • jo -  January 12, 2016 - 5:28 am

      your comment is too confusing. i had to read it over and over again to understand it. -.-

      Reply
    • Manni -  January 12, 2016 - 9:45 pm

      That is a good one

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    • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:31 am

      I clap for you… TT^TT it is so beautiful… *cries tears of joy*

      Reply
  39. Harold williams -  January 9, 2016 - 9:24 pm

    This whole article is alluding to the fact that it may just be an illusion of our minds and not really here. I could be wrong.

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  40. Celena Gibson -  January 9, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    This is my favorite website. I am a fanatical reader in my spare time, and the first thing I do each morning when I wake up is drink my coffee and check the Word of the Day. This is a special part of my morning routine. I always share the Word of the Day on my Facebook page, as well as my Google Plus page. My hopes are to get people interested in learning new things, especially new words, phrases, and facts. On my days off work I linger on the website longer to check out the slide shows. Thank you so much Dictionary.com for attempting to help the average person understand the difference between words like allusion and illusion, there, their, and they’re, etc. I especially like someone’s earlier suggestion for lay vs. lie down and lose vs. loose. Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power! Power to the people, and read on!

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    • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:09 pm

      you shut up dude

      Reply
      • Pearse -  January 12, 2016 - 2:42 pm

        Thank you people like that are annoying cause do you really think I care to read your stupid comment

        Reply
      • Anonymous -  January 12, 2016 - 4:06 pm

        You too.

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    • J Ray -  January 14, 2016 - 4:31 pm

      If you do not have something nice to say or at least a constructive criticism please don’t leave a rude reply. Speaking for myself I rather enjoyed the comment and liked the enthusiasm about our language. Oorah!

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      • abbykimchi -  January 17, 2016 - 3:11 pm

        uuuuhhhh, ookkaayyyy * puts on weird face

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    • Timpin -  January 26, 2016 - 8:34 am

      Personally, I would adore following your page on Facebook just for this… if I had one ;P So hey, take it as an imaginary, yet very real, follower ^^

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  41. SALEH MOHAMED -  January 9, 2016 - 3:25 am

    ALLUSION, THE MEANING OF THIS WORD IS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND. ENGLISH IS NOT MY LANGUAGE SO AS MY STUDENTS. CAN ANY ONE GIVE US VERY CLEAR MEANING OF THIS WORD
    REGARDS

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    • Anonymous -  January 12, 2016 - 4:03 pm

      I don’t think teachers would ever use all caps.

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    • Darlene -  January 13, 2016 - 8:14 am

      Saleh – tricky one! Simply put, “allusion” come from “allude” which is when you indirectly refer to someone/something or indicate something, sort of like hinting at something.

      “When talking about his career, John alluded to the fact that he earns a
      great deal of money yearly.”

      “The Home of the Free and the Brave” is allusion to the United States.

      Does that help at all?

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  42. SALEH MOHAMED -  January 9, 2016 - 3:21 am

    I DID NOT UNDERSTAND ALLUSION QUITE WELL SO AS MANY OF MY ENGLISH STUDENT

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    • Anonymous -  January 12, 2016 - 4:10 pm

      *students

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  43. mj -  January 8, 2016 - 2:20 pm

    dude thats wrong but school does suck

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    • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:07 pm

      this sucks

      Reply
      • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:07 pm

        die now

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        • Vee -  January 12, 2016 - 8:16 pm

          This is what happens when you smoke too much pot. You always find your way to the wrong website.

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          • Anonymous -  January 15, 2016 - 3:07 pm

            Or when you’re a third grader. They both sound reasonable.

  44. anonymous -  January 8, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    lol

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  45. mj -  January 8, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    to, too, and two lol school sucks

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    • Anonymous -  January 12, 2016 - 4:05 pm

      That is easy.
      Too easy.

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    • Anashar -  January 13, 2016 - 1:07 pm

      Just go to the store to buy too much wine for two people.
      To act
      Too many
      Two numbers.

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    • Anonymous -  January 15, 2016 - 3:08 pm

      Your website URL is invalid.

      Reply
  46. Sarah -  January 8, 2016 - 10:44 am

    I say that it is a tie score. Both Allusion and Illusion are winners.

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  47. EMMANUEL KUMBUR -  January 8, 2016 - 10:35 am

    My own point of view is that an illusion is a situation by which lies resemble truth. But lies can’t replace truth.

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  48. Austin -  January 8, 2016 - 10:04 am

    Lay and lie down

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    • Sophia B -  January 8, 2016 - 5:57 pm

      wow

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      • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:08 pm

        cool. i agree

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    • Susan -  January 9, 2016 - 5:27 am

      “Lie” is an intransitive verb. It is an action that happens or is performed by the subject without needing another object to happen to.
      “Lay” in the present tense is transitive and needs an object. It is something that is done to something else.
      So, you lie down, but you lay a book on a table. A dog lies panting in the grass, but a mother lays her child’s clothing on the bed.
      As chicken lays eggs, so if your friend tells you that he was just laying on the couch, be sure to check carefully before you lie down in his spot.

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    • Sophie -  January 9, 2016 - 2:34 pm

      Chickens lay eggs and people lie down..today.
      Yesterday the chickens laid their eggs and the people lay down.
      Before that, chickens have laid their eggs and people have lain down many times. Right?

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    • john -  January 9, 2016 - 7:50 pm

      Lay is to put or place, “lay the book on the table”

      Lie is to rest or recline. “lie down, you look as if you’ll faint”

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    • keara -  January 12, 2016 - 7:02 am

      that a mazing

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  49. Bella Cullen -  January 8, 2016 - 9:08 am

    I, personally, think that illusions are better. The reason I think this is because illusions trick your mind. What do allusions do? Nothing exactly.

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    • Z.HAmm -  January 8, 2016 - 11:08 am

      I agree,except for the fact that illusions do nothing because illusions happen in magic shows,and magic is awesome

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    • Sophia B -  January 8, 2016 - 5:57 pm

      true.

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    • George -  January 10, 2016 - 3:37 pm

      Better, Bella?

      For each job, the proper tool! An illusion may be more tantalizing; but it cannot be used in PLACE of a well-considered allusion: that would be like using a hammer to secure a new light switch, rather than a screwdriver. If the illusion fascinates us by tricking the mind, then an allusion may delight us by guiding it!

      By allusion, we can gain an instantly recognizable understanding of the NEW scenario presented, by way of our familiarity with another scenario. Perhaps these AREN’T the illusions you’re looking for, after all.

      Jedi mind tricks don’t work on me, anyway! Only money.

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      • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:10 pm

        shite

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    • Mrigank -  January 10, 2016 - 5:32 pm

      Two words in English cannot be compared when have both different meanings. Not at least by what they do! Just like ”accept” and ”except”. All the readers here like the info shared by the website (hence ”accept”) but ”except” you trying to find what allusions do. I think you’re lost in some kind of illusion. ;)

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      • Ivy -  January 11, 2016 - 7:34 pm

        “Accept” means to be welcoming of something like,

        ‘your teacher would not ACCEPT your paper without your name and the date.’

        “Except” is used in the terms that you want to exclude something as in,

        ‘everyone got a good grade on their paper EXCEPT you (because you forgot your name and the date).’

        I remember this because “except” has an X, as if you want to cross something off. Then I know that “accept” is the other one.

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      • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:09 pm

        shut up dude

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        • Rebe -  January 12, 2016 - 11:13 am

          That’s rude.

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      • BRUH -  November 7, 2016 - 4:19 pm

        Or is it allusion?

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    • Abhi -  January 10, 2016 - 10:45 pm

      :)

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      • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:08 pm

        :)

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        • jonah -  January 11, 2016 - 9:09 pm

          :D

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          • fam -  January 27, 2016 - 9:40 am

            ;)

    • Name -  January 11, 2016 - 8:46 am

      Obviously you didn’t underdtand the well defined explanation. An allusion does do something also. It references someone or something

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      • Ivy -  January 11, 2016 - 7:35 pm

        Thank you, Abhi. I was thinking the same thing!

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  50. Sr. M. Bonaventure -  January 8, 2016 - 7:46 am

    The two words were well explained, and therefore well understood by me. Thank you.

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    • abbykimchi -  January 12, 2016 - 1:47 pm

      same

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  51. Sheher Bano -  January 7, 2016 - 7:13 pm

    The explanation of all three words allusion, illusion and delusion has been put forward very clearly leaving no room for confusion.

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    • Stephanie smith -  January 9, 2016 - 1:31 am

      Your comment is very clever!

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  52. Jessica -  January 7, 2016 - 2:14 pm

    illusion

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    • hardik -  January 11, 2016 - 1:20 am

      what are you asking for?

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    • fam -  January 27, 2016 - 9:42 am

      :|

      Reply
  53. Vicki Ewart -  January 7, 2016 - 10:31 am

    How about “lose vs. loose?” I see these two words used interchangeably on Internet posts constantly. I see this as more a spelling problem, but it certainly is irritating to those of us who are not spelling-challenged.

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    • Tony -  January 8, 2016 - 1:43 pm

      Thank you Vicki. That one drives me nuts too.

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      • Ivy -  January 11, 2016 - 7:45 pm

        My shoelace is loose!
        The Seahawks will lose the game. (no offense to fans)

        “In the end they decided to let the dogs loose.”
        They did not let the dogs lose a game, they let them loose to run about.

        “In the race, the horse refused to let his owner lose.”
        The loyal horse was not releasing his owner as happened with the dogs, he was refusing to give up and lose the race.

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  54. Meril -  January 6, 2016 - 8:06 pm

    I don’t get it.

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    • Sophia B -  January 8, 2016 - 5:55 pm

      Me too

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    • Sophia B -  January 8, 2016 - 5:56 pm

      I don’t know! I am lost.

      Reply
    • Cynthia O'Connor -  January 10, 2016 - 5:30 am

      What don’t you get?

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  55. David Eide -  January 6, 2016 - 6:44 pm

    G

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    • Sarah -  January 8, 2016 - 10:43 am

      I say it is a tie, or both allusion and illusion are winners.

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    • Sophia B -  January 8, 2016 - 5:53 pm

      How about two,to,and too

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      • Ivy -  January 11, 2016 - 7:47 pm

        two:
        2, the number/digit/# (There were two muffins left)

        to:
        where they went (they went TO the store)

        too:
        also, along with (I’d like to go too!)

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    • Sophia B -  January 8, 2016 - 5:54 pm

      WHAT DO YOU MEAN!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Kate -  January 15, 2016 - 12:00 pm

        sophia b does not know what she is talking about

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  56. Random person -  November 10, 2016 - 5:35 pm

    What really 〇

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