callous vs callused : Common Errors in English

About callous vs callused

Calling someone “callous” is a way of metaphorically suggesting a lack of feeling similar to that caused by calluses on the skin; but if you arespeaking literally of the tough build-up on a person’s hand or feet, theword you need is “callused.”

callous Meaning(s)

  • (v) make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals
  • (s) emotionally hardened
  • (s) having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear

callous in News

  1. Missouri disregards the needs of the mentally ill

    Early and consistent treatment would do wonders, but Missouri has shown a callous disregard for its mentally ill citizens.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Kansas City Star

  2. Prison for Cherry Hill man in boat-sinking plot

    Describing the crime as egregious and callous, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden sentenced Scott Tran, 40, a Cherry Hill chiropractor, to 46 months in prison for initiating a botched scheme to scuttle his fishing boat, the Alexander II, for the insurance money.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

  3. Neil LaBute and the Triumph of the Insult Comments Section

    Neil LaBute is not known as a particularly nice playwright—his vitriol is like a reflex. So when a critic wrote a callous review of his latest Reasons to Be Happy, LaBute jumped straight into the online comments section to chastise him. 
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

callused in News

  • Pasty People, Come Forth

    Has it been several summers since your skin’s had tan lines? Did you miss our brief stint of beautiful weather because you just bought Bioshock Infinite and you refuse to go anywhere until you finish, lest there be spoilers? Well, give your callused thumbs a rest this weekend and leave ...
    on June 26, 2013 Source: Dallas Observer

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