Friday, October 25, 2013

disasterous/disastrous: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, October 25, 2013

“Disastrous” has only three syllables, and is pronounced diz-ASS-truss. Because of its relationship to the word “disaster” many people insert an extra second syllable when speaking the word aloud, or even when writing it, resulting in “disasterous.” Not a disastrous error, but it can be an embarrassing one.

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