Blog: Heuristic: Tenets vs. tenants

Here’s a heuristic: when someone is describing (or, especially, dissing) some practice or methodology, don’t bother taking them seriously unless they know the difference between tenants and tenets. Examples abound.

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6 responses to “Heuristic: Tenets vs. tenants”

  1. alan says:

    Don’t forget anecdotal and antidotal – I’m sure there’s more.

  2. Michael says:

    Yes… this could end up being a fun game… and a long one. Another one is “I want to take a different tact”, when they mean “tack”.

  3. Zach Fisher says:

    Yes. Becuase speling thigns corectly is absoltuley necesary in geting yuor point acros.

  4. Ben Simo says:

    I showed little tact by telling the anecdote about my tenants’ antidotal tack tenets.

  5. James Bach says:

    Also, there’s a difference between bissextile and the other word that sounds like it.

    — James

  6. alan says:

    There is, of course, a big difference between a spelling mistake and using the wrong word.

    While I’m here, others that bug me are:
    flesh out vs. flush out
    moot vs. mute
    lead vs. led

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