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Jun 4 2009   2:38PM GMT

Which is correct — illusion, allusion or elusion?

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typing Which is correct?
Atom was chosen as the name for the processor as an _________ to the tiny but powerful particle of the physical world.
a. allusion
b. illusion
c. elusion

Answer: a

Explanation: An allusion is an indirect reference. (An illusion is something that is not real and an elusion is an escape.)

These words — especially illusion and allusion — are often confused. They sound almost exactly the same and some people using them in writing have only heard them before rather than seeing them in print.

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