by xploring india
- Presently means “soon” and not “now”. - Incorrect use: “I am doing this presently” - Correct usage: “I will be there presently”
Weirdly enough, incorrect usage of a word for a long time actually makes it widely acceptable, says Shashi.
- Momentarily means “for a moment” and not “in a moment” - Correct usage: “She was confused momentarily” - Incorrect usage: “my husband will be here to pick me up momentarily”
While agreeing with the fact that it might sound a bit pedantic, Shashi says that “importantly” is incorrect. Important being an adverb need not be suffixed with “ly”
Incorrect usage: “Most importantly I believe the organization needs to leverage its key resources” Correct usage: “Most important, I believe the organization needs to leverage its key resources”
Reticent is used only when a person is reluctant to speak Correct usage: “When I questioned him, he was reticent” Incorrect usage: “He was reticent to take ten steps forward”
One of the many Victorian phrases that stuck with us. Revert essentially refers to “return to a previous state” Incorrect usage: “I shall revert to you” Correct usage: “Ice reverts to water”