taunt vs taut vs tout : Common Errors in English

About taunt vs taut vs tout

I am told that medical personnel often mistakenly refer to a patient’s abdomen as “taunt” rather than the correct “taut.” “Taunt” (“tease” or “mock”) can be a verb or noun, but never an adjective. “Taut” means “tight, distended,” and is always an adjective. “Taut” is also occasionally misspelled “taught.”Don’t confuse “taunt” with “tout,” which means “promote,” as in “Senator Bilgewater has been touted as a Presidential candidate.” You tout somebody you admire and taunt someone that you don’t.

taunt Meaning(s)

  • (v) harass with persistent criticism or carping
  • (n) aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing

taut Meaning(s)

  • (s) subjected to great tension; stretched tight
  • (s) pulled or drawn tight

tout Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit
  • (v) show off
  • (n) someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way
  • (n) one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack)
  • (v) advertize in strongly positive terms

taunt in News

  1. Paris Gossip: Is Boeing 777X a Paper Airplane? Is A350 an Orphan?

    PARIS (TheStreet) -- The duopoly aircraft makers, both sporting year-to-date stock price gains in the 35% range, will flaunt their latest wide-body offerings and taunt their competitors at the Paris Air Show, which opens Monday. The first flight of the A350 is scheduled for Friday in Toulouse, France, Airbus' headquarters, guaranteeing that the new aircraft and the possibility of an appearance ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: TheStreet.com

  2. 'Les Mis,' 'Spamalot' part of Midtown Arts Center's 2013-14 season

    From a tragic French Broadway classic to a saucy French knight ready to taunt audiences, Midtown Arts Center's 2013-2014 season truly runs the gamut.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Fort Collins Coloradoan

  3. N.Y. Times takes down Weiner story

    A Google News search shows the now-removed article, titled: "Customers still taunt Lisa Weiss."
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Politico

taut in News

  1. 'Redneck TV' Trounces Kim

    LOS ANGELES – The stars of the Kardashian and “Real Housewives” reality shows should be shaking in their stilettos, because Americans apparently prefer beer bellies over taut tummies, and pickup trucks over Porches.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Fox News

  2. On Movies: Co-writer and star Brit Marling lived "The East" before writing about it

    Brit Marling plays a spy in her taut new thriller The East - a woman working for an elite private intelligence agency who goes deep undercover, infiltrating a group of radical freegans that has been targeting giant energy companies and Big Pharma.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

  3. A taut, eerie espionage drama

    The actress and writer Brit Marling, virtually unknown only a few years ago, has now starred in three modest but memorable indies: Another Earth, an eerie sci-fi tale; Sound of My Voice, an eerie suspenser about a cult and its enigmatic leader; and now The East, a taut espionage drama that pits global corporations against a radical band of ecoterrorists.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

tout in News

  1. SC sending 16 people to air show; Haley not going

    State Commerce officials will be in Paris next week without Gov. Nikki Haley to tout South Carolina's growing aerospace industry, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said Thursday. It marks the first time the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Minneapolis mayoral candidates tout endorsements

    In recent weeks, Minneapolis mayoral candidates have been busy touting endorsements and highlighting shows of support before Saturday’s DFL convention. We asked each of the seven candidates to share some of their endorsements. Several of them list additional supporters on their campaign sites. Here are the lists by candidate: Mark Andrew Groups: Minneapolis Building Trades Council, Minnesota ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MinnPost

  3. Retired generals to tout pre-K education in Ohio

    Retired generals to tout pre-K education in Ohio BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Some retired military leaders plan to promote President Barack Obama's pre-K education program in southwest Ohio. The retired generals belong to a group calling itself a nonpartisan national security organization concerned that many young Americans can't serve in the military because of poor education and health and crime ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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