This was my problem. When I was working on “Word Confusion: Adduce vs Deduce vs Educe vs Induce“, I was confusing deduce with deduct. It screamed for its own explanation of this confusion.
Word Confusions 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. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|See also “Word Confusion: Adduce vs Deduce vs Educe vs Induce“
|Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|Figure it out
Arrive at a fact or a conclusion by reasoning
Draw as a logical conclusion
[Usually followed by from] Detract
|Little can be safely deduced from these figures.
They deduced that the fish died because of water pollution.
He cannot deduce his descent wholly by heirs male.
Sherlock Holmes deduced occupations by studying physical characteristics and objects they own.
The rocky soil deducts from the value of his property.
The applicable tax has been deducted from the payments.
|Adjective: deducible, nondeducible, subdeducible
Noun: deducibility, deducibleness
|Adjective: deductible, deductive, undeducted
Noun: deductible, deductibility, deduction
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English in the sense of lead or convey and is from the Latin deducere, from de- (down) + ducere (lead).||First known use was between 1375 and 1427 and is from the Latin Latin dēductus meaning brought down or withdrawn, a past participle of dēdūcere.
Deduct and deduce were not distinguished in sense until the mid-17th century.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?