List of English words with disputed usage

Disputed usagecommonly confused wordsdisputedFrequently misused wordslie/lay distinctionList of commonly misused English words
Some English words are often used in ways that are contentious among writers on usage and prescriptive commentators.wikipedia
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English usage controversies

Disputes in English grammarDisputed English grammarconsidered it to be incorrect
For a list of disputes more complicated than the usage of a single word or phrase, see English usage controversies.
For an alphabetical list of disputes concerning a single word or phrase, see List of English words with disputed usage.

Usage (language)

usagelanguage usageuse of language
Some English words are often used in ways that are contentious among writers on usage and prescriptive commentators.

Like

likingEnglish verb "likeLike (as a preposition used in comparisons)
The appropriateness of its usage as a conjunction is still disputed, however.

English language

EnglishEnglish-languageen
Some English words are often used in ways that are contentious among writers on usage and prescriptive commentators.

Linguistic prescription

prescriptiveprescriptive grammarprescriptivist
Some English words are often used in ways that are contentious among writers on usage and prescriptive commentators.

Usus

common usagecommoneveryday use
The contentious usages are especially common in spoken English, and academic linguists point out that they are accepted by many listeners.

Linguistic description

descriptivedescriptive linguisticslinguistic analysis
The contentious usages are especially common in spoken English, and academic linguists point out that they are accepted by many listeners.

Standard language

standardstandardizedstandard dialect
While in some circles the usages below may make the speaker sound uneducated or illiterate, in other circles the more standard or more traditional usage may make the speaker sound stilted or pretentious.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

American Heritage DictionaryAmerican HeritageAmerican Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Chambers Dictionary

The Chambers DictionaryChambersChambers 20th Century Dictionary

Encarta

Microsoft EncartaMSN EncartaEncarta Encyclopedia

Garner's Modern English Usage

Garner's Modern American UsageA Dictionary of Modern American UsageModern American Usage

Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary

Random House DictionaryRandom House Dictionary of the English LanguageRandom House Unabridged Dictionary