Friday, March 2, 2012

deviant/deviate: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, March 2, 2012

The technical term used by professionals to label someone whose behavior deviates from the norm is “deviate,” but if you want to tease a perv friend you may as well call him a “deviant”—that’s what almost everybody else says. In your sociology class, however, you might want to stick with “deviate.”

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