Wednesday, December 4, 2013

prophecy/prophesy: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, December 4, 2013

“Prophecy,” the noun (pronounced “PROF-a-see”), is a prediction. The verb “to prophesy” (pronounced “PROF-a-sigh”) means to predict something. When a prophet prophesies he or she utters prophecies.

Outside of Bob Dylan’s lyrics, writers and critics do not “prophesize.” They prophesy.

When is an error common? Paul Brians' latest blog entry provides the details.

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