More Wayward Words: Object vs. Abject

Heard a popular sports talk show personality call something an object failure the other morning. Can’t chalk this up to the sports-obsessed meathead factor: this guy is smart and articulate. He just confused two words that sound alike. Of course, he meant to say an abject failure, with abject meaning absolute and humiliating. Object isn’t even an adjective. I’m adding this to my list of Wayward Words and invite you to share any that you may have!

2 Comments

Object is indeed an adjective; it means physical or tangible. Ex: Object lesson.

    Thanks for your comment, Unegen, and for enlightening me. Indeed, “object lesson” appears in Merriam-Webster online as a noun. Still think the sports guy may have meant “abject failure” in the sense of “absolute failure,” but “object” can be a modifier, as you point out. Thanks for knocking me off my grammar high horse!

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