Friday, June 12, 2015

grisly/grizzly: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, June 12, 2015

“Grisly” means “horrible”; a “grizzly” is a bear. “The grizzly left behind the grisly remains of his victim.” “Grizzled” means “having gray hairs,” not to be confused with “gristly,” full of gristle.

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