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May 27 2009   4:48PM GMT

Which is correct — missuse or misuse?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Privacy watchdog organizations are concerned about the potential ______ of information when data is shared among organizations.
a. misuse
b. missuse

Answer: a.

When miss is added as a prefix (meaning “wrongly”), drop the second s. Here’s a list of words using the miss prefix.

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