Posted by: episystechpubs | March 10, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Continual Jealousy

Welcome to Monday! I hope you all had a restful weekend, though with that dastardly time change I suspect some of you might be upset over that “lost” hour. Note: Babies, dogs, and honey badgers don’t care what the clocks says; they want what they want when they want it.

I thought I was finished with the confused word pairs, but I found a couple more for your pondering pleasure. The definitions are paraphrased from Merriam-Webster’s definitions; the examples are mine.

Envy vs. Jealousy

The word envy implies a desire or longing for something that someone else has. Jealousy is wanting what someone else has, but is often coupled with unhappiness, anger, and rivalry, particularly in romantic relationships.

· I envy Stephanie’s wavy hair. It always looks so full and pretty!

· Biff was always jealous of Chad’s way with the ladies; even Biff’s girlfriend threw herself at Chad as if she were single.

Continual vs. Continuous

Something continual happens again and again within short periods of time; it may stop, but not for long. Continuous means that the action goes uninterrupted; it continues without stopping.

· The pounding in her head was continual, stopping only after the migraine medicine kicked in.

· Spring water flows continuously from Kootenay Lake and has even during historic droughts.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor


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