anecdote vs antidote : Common Errors in English

About anecdote vs antidote

A humorist relates “anecdotes.” The doctor prescribes “antidotes” for children who have swallowed poison. Laughter may be the best medicine, but that’s no reason to confuse these two with each other.

anecdote Meaning(s)

  • (n) short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)

antidote Meaning(s)

  • (n) a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

anecdote in News

  1. Anthony Weiner's Three-Pronged Salad-Throwing Defense

    Of the many unflattering anecdotes The New York Times dug up to illustrate Anthony Weiner's publicity hounding, poor manners and lackluster job performance, perhaps the most memorable is the one about the salad.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Magazine

  2. Other than that, Mrs. Putin, how did you enjoy the ballet?

    In a classic Soviet-era anecdote, a judge comes out of his courtroom laughing uncontrollably. "What's so funny?" asks a colleague. "I've just heard a hilarious joke!" answers the judge, wiping away tears of laughter. "Well, tell me," insists the colleague. "Are you crazy?" says the judge. "I just sentenced a man to 10 years at hard labor for telling that joke!"
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  3. Watch: J. Cole Explains 'Let Nas Down'

    J. Cole brought the sideline story of his sophomore effort Born Sinner to the forefront before his unique listening session in New York City Thursday (June 6). After laughing off speculation that a song called "I Disappointed Nas" had made his tracklist, Jermaine went on-record to explain the meaning behind the track's real title "Let Nas Down." The "Crooked Smile" rapper told a lengthy anecdote ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Vibe Magazine

antidote in News

  1. Chill Out At Reggae In The Desert Music Fest

    It's the musical equivalent of a cool breeze leavening the June heat. With the return of Reggae in the Desert, it's time to chill out and enjoy some mood enhancement that doesn't require a prescription. The annual festival is the antidote to road rage,
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

  2. Booker Senate Run Imperils Newark's Wall Street Pipeline

    Even before Cory Booker won his first term as Newark mayor in 2006, he was mining Wall Street contacts for an antidote to the blight that had gripped New Jersey’s most populous city for more than four decades.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Northside Festival a film, music haven

    It seems like everyone who visits Austin’s SXSW festival has a complaint about how it has become too big and too commercial. Brooklyn’s Northside Festival may be the antidote, although it’s growing too.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: amNewYork

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