The candidate’s words do not jive with his record.

Have you ever written or said this? You may not have realized that what you should have used is the word jibe. The sentence should be as follows:

The candidate’s words do not jibe with his record.

Jibe means to agree or be in accord. Some people are not aware that jive and jibe have distinct meanings, so it’s not unusual for jive to be used incorrectly in a sentence like the one above.

What, then, is jive? Jive, in the verb form, means to tease (not a common usage, in my opinion) or to dance the jive.

Posted in Word Choice.

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One Comment:

  1. Keith says:


    Yes I liked the e-mails I have received, however, there is the same information I have. Can I have some more information on the basics? Let say, Part of Speech!