Saturday, February 2, 2013

Word Mix-Up: SUIT and SUITE

SUIT: The word "suit" (rhymes with boot) refers to a set of matching clothes, and it also refers to matching cards in a deck of cards (diamonds, clubs, hearts, spades). The verb "to suit" means to fit, to match, to be convenient. The word comes from Latin sequi, meaning "to follow, attend, pursue." This is also where the word "lawsuit" comes from, in the sense of a legal prosecution.

SUITE: The word "suite" (rhymes with street) is used to refer to a set of connected rooms or a set of matched furniture. The word "suite" comes from the same origin as a "suit" of clothes, but with a different spelling and pronunciation, as well as a different meaning.

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