JIBE/JIVE

“Jibe” means “to agree,” but is usually used negatively, as in “the alibis of the two crooks didn’t jibe.” The latter word is often confused with “jive,” which derives from slang which originally meant to treat in a jazzy manner (“Jivin’ the Blues Away”) but also came to be associated with deception (“Don’t give me any of that jive”).

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors

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April 19, 2009. Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. aubsie2 replied:

    I’m belated on this but I totally own the Common Errors in English book! I need to dig it up. My books are still all over since the move, a year and a half ago! 😉

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