Complement vs. Compliment
Stella’s earrings complimented her ensemble nicely.
I don’t know about you, but I find that hard to believe. Talking earrings? Really? I don’t think so. More than likely, Stella’s earrings complemented her ensemble.
- Compliment (with an “i”) means to praise (thus the talking earrings).
- Complement (with an “e”) means to complete, enhance, or supplement.
A mnemonic device to distinguish the two is the comment:
I like to get compliments.
Who likes to get compliments (spelled with an “i”)? I do.
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