Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common misspellings, defiantly, definately, definitely, grammar quiz
|Which is correct?
“Thanks to all who ensured that the cloud migration went smoothly. There will _______ be a little something extra in your pay envelopes this week,” the manager announced.
Definitely means for sure.
Defiantly means in bold opposition to some authoritive force.
Definately is not a word.
It makes me wonder — do they realize these are two completely separate words? What word do they use when they mean defiantly?
For your amusement, here are a few Yahoo!Answers about the meaning of definitely vs. defiantly:
Defiantly — a complete agreement or strong affirmation
Defiantly – I dunno, but it has something to do with trickery
I dont know…. I dont think there is a difference, its the same word just different spelling
I was glad to see from a quick Google that I wasn’t the only person seeing defiantly online in otherwise OKish writing. What I often do see, though, when I search on common misspellings, is a lot of entries where people are asking which one is correct. I didn’t see many of those, which leads me to think that people who mistakenly use defiantly think they’re correct. They are definitely wrong.