Commonly Confused Word Pairs: Pie-shape

December 21, 2006: Issue 169

Be careful about using the term “pie-shape.” Pies are round. You probably mean “wedge-shape,”
like a slice of pie.

incorrect: The pie-shape lot is nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.
correct: The wedge-shape lot is nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.

incorrect: This round ottoman splits into four pie-shape pieces.
correct: This round ottoman splits into four wedge-shape pieces.

Remember that as you slice your holiday dessert next week. Have a good one.

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