revert vs reply : Common Errors in English

About revert vs reply

The most common meaning of “revert” is “to return to an earlier condition, time, or subject.” When Dr. Jekyll drank the potion he reverted to the brutish behavior of Mr. Hyde. But some pretentious people have begun to use it mistakenly instead of “reply,” writing when they want you to get back to them about something, “revert to me at this address.” This would literally mean they are asking you to become them.

revert Meaning(s)

  • (v) go back to a previous state
  • (v) undergo reversion, as in a mutation

reply Meaning(s)

  • (n) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
  • (n) the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  • (v) react verbally

revert in News

  1. Weather Warning Changes After Bedford City Becomes a Town

    Bedford, VA - Residents in Bedford have been reviewing emergency preparedness plans as the city prepares to revert to town status.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC 13 Lynchburg

  2. ‘The Walking Dead’: Save for the apocalypse with the Rick Grimes bust bank — EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

    It is widely assumed that when the inevitable zombie apocalypse finally occurs, survivors will revert back to a barter economy
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Entertainment Weekly

  3. Columbia’s Whitney Hotel OK’d for condos/apartments

    The Whitney Hotel will revert to condominiums – what the building was built for in the early 1980s – but units could be leased as apartments if they don’t sell.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The State

reply in News

  1. Dog of little consequence in fight against drugs

    This is in reply to the letter to the editor in Friday’s edition, “Police Callous in Killing Dog.”
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Olean Times Herald

  2. The Brown Alumni Listserv Is Having an Epic Reply-All Fail

    Scene of the crime. One of the small, periodic joys of belonging to mass e-mail listservs is the rare occasion when a reply-all function is accidentally turned on, enabling anyone on the list to spam thousands of people at once.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Magazine

  3. Reply to entire June 4 editorial page

    I would like to reply with a few facts concerning the editorial and letters in the June 4 News-Letter. Each item makes and emotional plea and distorts the facts. I would like to offer just a few more facts and some common sense.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Exeter News-Letter

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