My post today comes from my personal website and is part of my THIS IS… series, which I started just to share random things that I find cool or interesting or annoying or special in some way.
This is one of the annoying varietals. It has to do with the rampant and chronic misuse of certain words. In other words, this is… a pet peeve so omnipresent I may name it.
In fact, I shall name it Peevezilla.
The Peevezilla of the day is…
This is the word you use when you are talking about what someone believes. As in, “Universal love for one’s fellow creatures is a tenet of Hinduism.”
…is the word you use when you’re talking about a place someone lives because when they live there, they are a tenant. As in, “Harry Potter was a tenant of the Gryfindor dormitory at Hogwarts.”
A person is not a tenet.
A belief or principle is not a tenant, unless, of course, you’re trying to make a poetic statement about the place it holds in someone’s mind or heart.
End of lesson in English 101.