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Turbid means “muddy” or “hazy.” It is often applied to water or speech. Turgid means “swollen, overflowing” or “pompous.” It also is usually applied to water, speech, or writing.

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Wise (Suffix)

Coining new words with the suffix -wise may be clever, but it is nonstandard. Incorrect: He did well this quarter saleswise. Correct: He did well in sales this quarter.

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Commas in Numbers

In numbers of more than three digits, use a comma after every third digit from right to left. Incorrect: The area of North America is approximately 9435000 square miles. Correct: The area of North America is approximately 9,435,000 square miles. (This is much easier to read.) Numbers which normally do not take commas are ZIP

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Sure is an adjective. It modifies nouns or pronouns. Surely is an adverb. It modifies verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. Correct: It is a sure thing. (Thing is a noun. An adjective modifies it.) Incorrect: It is sure hot outside. (Hot is an adjective. It should be modified by an adverb.) Correct: It is surely hot

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Unequivocal means “leaving no doubt.” Unequivocable does not exist. Equivocal, equivocally, and unequivocally are all legitimate words with the same root. Similarly, equivocable, equivocably, and unequivocable do not exist.

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