It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they may appear here soon!
This week’s words are:
- persecute – to oppress
- His intent was to persecute the shy boy to make him quit the team.
- prosecute – to sue
- His intent was to prosecute the neighbors for their barking dog.
- persecute – if you sound out oppress slowly, it could sound out o-per-ess
- prosecute – it makes more sense to hire a pro to sue someone