Commonly Confused Word Pairs: Renown/renowned

May 25, 2006: Issue 140

“Renown” can be a noun or a verb, but not an adjective. The adjective is “renowned.”

incorrect: a renown painter
correct: a painter of renown
correct: a renowned painter

And please note there’s no “k.” These words are not related to the word “know.”

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UPDATE: Here’s a change in SIM style: “Microwave” is now acceptable as a synonym for “microwave oven.” You can stick with the two-word term if you prefer, but you don’t have to.

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