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If something is indelible, you better hope you never regret it, like the indelible tattoo of the name of your favorite band or the indelible first impression it might give people you meet years from now, especially if your taste in music changes.

The adjective indelible describes something that can't be erased or removed, like marks made by an indelible marker, or an indelible moment you will never forget, like your first day of kindergarten or the first time you visit a new, exotic place. It comes from the Latin word indelebilis, meaning "not able to be destroyed."

Choose your words

Caught between words? Learn how to make the right choice.

censor/ censure

A censor hides information. A censure is harsh criticism. They’re both judgments and they both stink.

personal/ personnel

Personal and personnel can be confused if the writer is not diligent, especially as both can be used as a noun and an adjective.

confident/ confidant(e)

Confident is how you feel on a good hair day, but a confidant is the person you tell when you’re secretly wearing a wig. It's no wonder that these words are so easily confused: they were once both confident.

healthful/ healthy

Healthful describes something that will create good health, like apples, yoga, and fresh air. Healthy describes someone fit, trim, and utterly not sick. read more...

alternate/ alternative

To alternate is to take turns; an alternative is an option. When you wear your checkered blazer, the black and white squares alternate. But if you’re not feeling like an ’80s guitar hero, the green plaid jacket is a nice alternative. read more...

ingenious/ ingenuous

Ingenuous means innocent, artless, simple, while ingenious refers to something original, creative, inventive. read more...

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