We have all probably misunderstood words and then used them in the wrong context from time to time, so a little update might come in handy. This infographic from Grammar called
10 Commonly Misunderstood Words In English
might surprise you. There are a lot of people out there who use
“you’re” incorrectly, but that particular error can be easily corrected if you just think about it logically. But when it comes to the meaning of a word, it can sometimes look like it means something other than what it really does.
Yet one ELU user has commented, "We tend toward descriptivism rather than prescriptivism: a word's definition is based on how native speakers use it. This list is somewhat erroneous in that regard." So, at what point should the editorial board of a dictionary "give in," and list a new meaning of a word, based on its widespread misuse by the culture at large? Put another way, are these words truly misunderstood? Or would it be more accurate to say that whoever put this list together misunderstands these words, in that the meanings in red are (or should be) acceptable uses?