Friday, January 30, 2009

Imply vs. Infer

Some use these interchangeably, but there really is a difference that should be observed.

Imply means to to hint or suggest. Infer means to draw a conclusion.

I try to remember the difference between the two by thinking that "imply" is something that is done to you. Someone implies that you are a nincompoop. "Infer" is something that we do...based on hearing someone's remarks, we infer that they are a nincompoop. Or sometimes I think of it in dramatic, cinematic terms. I say to the bad guy, "Just what are you implying with your remarks?" He says to me, "I'm not sure. What are you inferring?"


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

What are you inferring? :o)

Beth said...

I see my dear husband is letting out his inner clown. LOL

Big Mark 243 said...

I am inferring that the both of you take any available opportunity to be silly with one another.

That is sooo cute!

Lori said...

I like your dramatic, cinematic example! Good post!