This is one of those confusions I always have to stop and think about: emigrate is to leave, exit while immigrate is to enter, go in.
What can I say? We all have our blind spots. The trick is to spot them!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive||Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|Leave one’s own country in order to settle permanently in another||Verb, intransitive:
Come to live permanently in a foreign country
To enter a country, intending to remain there
To pass or come into a new habitat or place, as an organism
|Rosa’s parents emigrated from Argentina.
My maternal great-great grandparents emigrated from Norway.
Many Mexicans emigrate to the U.S. because they can have a better life.
The Mennonites immigrated to western Canada in the 1870s/
After the California Gold Rush, contractors immigrated Chinese laborers to work mines, build railroads, and work on farms.
My aunt emigrated from Poland and immigrated to Canada.
After having visited Norway, I know why Scandinavians immigrated into Minnesota and Wisconsin.
|Adjective: emigrative, emigratory, unemigrating
Noun: emigrant, emigration
Verb, intransitive: reemigrate, reemigrated, reemigrating
|Adjective: immigrational, immigratory, unimmigrating
Noun: immigrant, immigration, immigrator
|History of the Word:|
|Late 18th century from the Latin emigrat-, or emigrated, from the verb emigrare, from e-, a variant of ex- (out of) + migrare (migrate).||Early 17th century from the Latin immigrat-, or immigrated, from the verb immigrare, from in- (into) + migrare (migrate).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!