Wednesday, September 16, 2015

pray/prey: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you want a miracle, pray to God. If you’re a criminal, you prey on your victims.

Incidentally, it’s “praying mantis,” not “preying mantis.” The insect holds its forefeet in a position suggesting prayer.

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1 comment:

  1. As a Christian writer, I shutter at the thought of exchanging these two words. ;)