Thursday, April 5, 2012

undo/undue: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, April 5, 2012

The noun “undo” is the opposite of “do.” You undo your typing errors on a computer or undo your shoelaces to go wading.

The adjective “undue” is the opposite of “due” and means “unwarranted” or “improper.” It is used in phrases like “undue influence,” “undue burdens,” and “undue expense.”

The story is about what? Paul Brians' latest blog post discusses the difficulty of constructing a headline.

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