Angelina, Brad, and an Error in Diction: imminent/eminent

May 23, 2006

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have become imminent figures in Namibia: half of the Namibians who voted in a poll believe that the day that Angelina gives birth should be declared a national holiday.

This sentence contains an error in diction. The word "imminent," which means "likely to happen in the near future," is often confused with the word "eminent," which means "famous and admired." Fix the sentence by replacing "imminent" with "eminent."

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have become eminent figures in Namibia: half of the Namibians who voted in a poll believe that the day that Angelina gives birth should be declared a national holiday.

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