Scroll vs. Stroll

Let's be real: 

These two words sound VERY similar to one another, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they only differ by one letter. If you're not listening for it, you might assume that these words mean the exact same thing, that people are pronouncing the same word two different ways, or...shoot. I'm not sure what else we could use to explain this one. 

Either way, I find the English language interesting for this very reason. One letter can change the whole meaning of a word. While both of these are verbs, they carry meanings that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Let's take a look: 

Stroll:

a physical task in which the body is propelled forward in an upright position through the use of one's legs at a non-strenuous pace. 

Used in a sentence: Who doesn't enjoy a relaxing Sunday stroll?

Scroll:

a physical task typically completed through the use of thumbs to navigate a touch screen device

Used in a sentence: When I'm bored, I usually scroll through Instagram to see what's new. 

 

Head to the  Instagram feed  to find this picture, and let me know in the Instagram comments if you have a trick you rely on to differentiate between these two!

Head to the Instagram feed to find this picture, and let me know in the Instagram comments if you have a trick you rely on to differentiate between these two!

 

With all of the word mix-ups, misused and butchered turns-of-phrase, and the ever-evolving list of things that make you go, "SAY WHAT?," I'd say we have a ton of ground to cover together. 

 

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