Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003

About Us
Contact Us
Education Published on Tuesdays

Features: Magazine | Literary Review | Life | Metro Plus | Open Page | Education | Book Review | Business | SciTech | Entertainment | Young World | Quest | Folio |

Education

Printer Friendly Page Send this Article to a Friend

What is the difference between "misinformed" and "ill-informed"?

(S. Preethi, Hyderabad)

An ill-informed person does not have much knowledge of a particular subject. Some dictionaries say that it is the opposite of "well informed". You may know a lot about cricket, but you may not know much about rugby. In such a case, I can say you are ill-informed about rugby. Many of us are ill-informed about a lot of things. It is but natural; it is not possible for an individual to be well informed about everything. Here are a few examples.

*The ill-informed comments made by the Vice Chancellor had the students worried.

*The workers were ill-informed of their rights

When you "misinform" someone you are deliberately lying to the individual. You are providing him false information in order to trick him. You are trying to deceive him. Politicians are very often accused of misinforming the public. Unlike ill-informed, misinform has a negative connation.

Here are a few examples.

*Some people believe that Bush and Blair misinformed the public about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.

*The author accuses the tobacco company of misinforming teenagers about the dangers of smoking.

S. Upendran

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Education

Features: Magazine | Literary Review | Life | Metro Plus | Open Page | Education | Book Review | Business | SciTech | Entertainment | Young World | Quest | Folio |



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Comments to : thehindu@vsnl.com   Copyright 2003, The Hindu
Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu