oral vs verbal : Common Errors in English

About oral vs verbal

Some people insist that “verbal” refers to anything expressed in words, whether written or spoken, while “oral” refers exclusively to speech; but in common usage “verbal” has become widely accepted for the latter meaning. However, in legal contexts, an unwritten agreement is still an “oral contract,” not a “verbal contract.”

oral Meaning(s)

  • (n) an examination conducted by spoken communication
  • (s) using speech rather than writing
  • (a) of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth
  • (a) of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located
  • (a) a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression

verbal Meaning(s)

  • (s) communicated in the form of words
  • (a) of or relating to or formed from words in general
  • (a) of or relating to or formed from a verb
  • (a) relating to or having facility in the use of words
  • (s) expressed in spoken words
  • (s) prolix

oral in News

  1. Analysis of the North American Oral Solid Drug Dosage Excipients Market

    NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Analysis of the North American Oral Solid Drug Dosage Excipients Market ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Short course of oral steroids can help chronic sinusitis

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I have chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps. My specialist suggested trying oral corticosteroids. What do you think?
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Muscatine Journal

  3. Medimpex United Inc. Offers New Oral Drug Test Product Under Oral Screen Brand

    The Oral Screen brand of Medimpex is synonymous to high-quality products that guarantee reliable results for greater peace of mind. Its current mainly new product, the 3 Panel Oral Fluid Drug Screening Device is essentially a saliva based drug testing kit. This 3-piece device provides a rapid test that only requires 10 minutes to administer and 99% protected from the adulteration. [PR.com]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: PR.com

verbal in News

  1. SAPVoice: Still Funny After All Of These Years: Revisiting A Lifetime Of Richard Pryor

    There is no single "funniest comedian" of our lifetime. Several names, however, will consistently make the top 10 list. Are you a fan of the raw insights of a Lenny Bruce, or are you drawn to an everyman like Bob Newhart? Do you enjoy the rapid-fire stylings of Robin Williams or prefer the verbal onslaught of Eddie Murphy? From the films of Woody Allen to Mel Brooks, from rock star talents like ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Forbes

  2. Infants express non-verbal sympathy for others in distress

    Infants as young as ten months old express sympathy for others in distress in non-verbal ways, according to new research.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  3. Black Forest Fire: Rep. Doug Lamborn gets verbal agreement to deploy federal tankers

    Black Forest Fire: Rep. Doug Lamborn gets verbal agreement to deploy federal tankers.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Denver Post

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