One of my colleagues was wondering the other day about the difference between “continuously” and “continually.”
This got me thinking about the subtle shades of meaning that pepper even the most common of words. Just for the heck of it, I started jotting down words that express similar concepts, but with slightly different meanings. (Yes, I’m a dork.)
What’s the difference between the sets of words in the two columns below? I’ll be back with the answers in a few days.
Oh, and for the record: “Continuously” refers to something that happens non-stop, without interrpution, while “continually” is more appropriate for something that happens often, but with breaks in between. (I admit it: I had to look that one up. Grin.)