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Deceptively . . . Deceptive


Published August 8, 2008 at 10:40 a.m.

OK: If Blurt had a budget for contests, I would offer a prize to anyone who could answer the following question: What does the word "deceptively" actually mean? Even after using it so many times in various contexts I am not quite certain.

Case in point: If you were to say that a given something was deceptively easy, does that mean it is in fact easy, or not easy? And even if a dictionary authority were to provide a authentic-seeming answer, would that end the lingering doubt in the back of your mind? As the good folks at point out, even the American Heritage Dictionary isn't sure what to make of "deceptively."

"Deceptively," as it turns out, is one of "9 Words That Don't Mean What You Think," according to Craked. Check it out — the list is funny and informative.