Thursday, February 9, 2017

Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #4

Get Your Word's Worth and Say Exactly What You Mean

Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #4

  • Ingenious is from the Latin ingenium meaning inborn talent or natural quality.
  • Ingenuous is from the Latin ingenuus meaning simple, honest, childlike, or trusting.
One way to remember the distinction between these two words is to note that the word ingenious sounds like the word genius while the word ingenuous sounds like the word genuine.

The inventor created an ingenious device to cut raw onions.
The party room was filled with laughing, ingenuous children.

I hope this post helps you choose the word that will express exactly what you wish to say.

Thanks for reading,

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