Complement vs. Compliment

Ahhh yes, complement and compliment, additionally known as complementary and complimentary.  Sure, both words are pronounced very much in the same way; however, their meanings couldn’t be any more different. You see, complement means to add to something, thereby enhancing or improving upon it.  I.e., in colder months, a tweed blazer complements a casual look, making the outfit appear more stylish.

  • Here’s a quick tip to help you remember how to use the correct word.
    Use the complement with an “e” when something is being enhanced.

Alternatively, compliment means to flatter and praise someone for something.  For example, she complimented him on his curly and oh-so-burly beard.

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