Fun with Homonyms

Part of an eternal series. New content keeps showing up.

This week I noticed several misspellings of compliment/complement. A quick note to clear the air. The confusion is the middle vowel.

When someone says you look fabulous today, they are giving you a compliment (with an i). Say “thank you.” And by the way, you do look fabulous today!

When something is free, it is complimentary.

When something goes well with something else, it is a complement, or is complementary. Mustard perfectly complements a hot dog. Red and green are complementary (opposite) colors. Social media is a great complement to traditional marketing platforms.

If you’re looking for a longer article to complement this short post – try Oxford Dictionaries.