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You have been using jealously wrong this entire time!

Findlay Staniford
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Envy and jealously. The difference between the 2 terms.

In my life, I’ve misused words here and there but two words that get constantly mixed up are envy and jealously. I understand, it’s a mistake we usually don’t think twice about but it’s gone on for too long now. It has to be addressed and I’m going to put an end to this vocabulary violation. 

I specifically know the difference between the two and would like to expose the differences that these naughty words hold. In today’s world, people not only overuse the words but use them it in the wrong context. It is commonly understood that the word jealously is easily paired with money, cars, holidays or any desirable materialistic thing. We’ll start with jealously.

The most overused and inaccurate word of the two. Jealously is feeling or showing an envious resentment of someone or their achievements, possessions, or perceived advantages. To add more perspective on this description, it could be feeling or showing a resentful suspicion that one's partner is attracted to or involved with someone else. Did this surprise you? Well, the description for envy might.

When envy is used as a noun it’s described like this. A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. It can be used in a sentence like this “He felt a sharp pain of envy as he saw cars passing him by standing in the rain.” Simple enough. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. 

Envy is a bit more unique out of the two because it can also be used as a verb. Envy also means a desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable thing belonging to someone else. To put it in a sentence it might sound like this "He envied people who did not have to work the night shift.” Don’t worry! There’s still time to adjust. Simply replace anytime you might use jealously in a sentence with envy. It’s a small learning curve that may take time but I believe you can do it! 

Now that you understand the difference between Jealously and Envy, feel free to show off your new vocab and go drop that Instagram comment “Omg girl! Where did you get the dress!? xox #Envy”