vapid vs vacuous : Common Errors in English

About vapid vs vacuous

“Vapid” is used to describe something flavorless, weak, flat. Many people confuse this word with “vacuous,” which describes things which are unintelligent, lacking serious content. A boring speech may be vapid even though it’s learned, and a lively speech may be vacuous even though it’s exciting. A dull person may be vapid, but it is not standard usage to refer to a person as vacuous—only their speech, thoughts, etc. can be so described. To avoid the most common error involving these words, just remember that something vapid isn’t stupid, it’s bland.

vapid Meaning(s)

  • (s) lacking taste or flavor or tang
  • (s) lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest

vacuous Meaning(s)

  • (s) devoid of significance or point
  • (s) devoid of matter
  • (s) devoid of intelligence
  • (s) void of expression

vapid in News

  • Imgur's Android app distracts you with cute kittens on the go

    Imgur, a reservoir of viral photos, adorable kittens and vapid memes , is going mobile: it's releasing an official Android app today. Technically, the app has been floating around Google Play since April, albeit in beta form. The final build allows users to view and comment on photos, as well as to upload their own -- basically everything the service's full website offers. Read on for the ...
    on June 24, 2013 Source: Engadget

vacuous in News

  • Sofia Coppola on Her Reasons For Making 'The Bling Ring,' Casting Emma Watson and Getting to Know Paris Hilton

    After delving into the vacuous lifestyle of a celebrity in "Somewhere," Sofia Coppola tackles celebrity anew in "The Bling Ring," this time from the viewpoint of the teens who idolize them so much that they want to be them. Based on the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins," her new film stars Emma Watson (sporting an impeccable Valley accent and skimpy outfits that would make Harry ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: indieWIRE

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