Easily Confused Words: Iniquity vs. Ubiquity

Iniquity and ubiquity are easily confused words.

 The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary, but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted, or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway. 

Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.

Iniquity (pronounced “ihn-ick-kwihtty”) is a noun. It means something possessing qualities of wickedness, debauchery, or sinfulness. For example, the seven deadly sins are a short list of iniquities: gluttony, greed, envy, lust, sloth, wrath, and pride.

Ubiquity (prnounced “”yoo-bih-kwihtty”) is a noun. It means something that is ever-present or widely available.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Initially during Rumspringa, Uriah expected iniquities around every corner in the outside world. Growing up, it had always been presented as a ubiquity, and a hard to resist one, at that. But now that he was experiencing it for himself, it wasn’t all that bad. And the opportunities were bigger. If anything was proving hard to resist and head back to the community, it was fear of missing out on that.

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