Common mistakes… (1)

The following two words are often mixed up when using written English: message and massage.
Although these words may look similar, they have very different meanings.  The Cambridge Dictionary defines these words as follows:
message /ˈmes.ɪdʒ/ – a short piece of information that you give to a person when you cannot speak to them directly.
massage /ˈmæs.ɑːʒ/ – to rub and press someone’s body with regular repeated movements, in order to relax them or to reduce stiffness or pain in the joints (which are places where two bones are connected) or muscles.

So, unless you’re corresponding with your massage therapist, be careful not to write, ‘Thanks for your massage’ as the other person might be surprised!


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