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Bleary vs. Blurry

April 2016
Spot the Error

After pulling an all-nighter to complete her proposal, Kendall was blurry-eyed and disheveled.

You will not find blurry-eyed in the dictionary (at least, it had better not be there). It may sound familiar, but what you’ve actually heard is bleary-eyed.

Bleary means tired to the point of exhaustion. When you’re bleary-eyed, your vision is dull or impaired by fatigue. Blurry, on the other hand, means having an indistinct or hazy outline.

In the “proposal” sentence above, things might appear a bit blurry to Kendall because she herself is bleary-eyed.

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