Have I mentioned that I’m an editor for a living? I thought I’d share a few editing tips from time to time. They’ll just be quick, simple hits – things you can commit to memory if you want, or things you can just throw out the window if you prefer.
Here’s one that seems to slip by a lot of people:
These have different meanings.
Complement (with an “e”) has a connotation of completing (I remember this one as “compleeeeeting” so I’ll spell it with an “e”):
- The throw pillows complement the living room.
- His tie complements his suit.
- The husband and wife have complementary careers.
Compliment (with an “i”) denotes praise, and always comes from a human being:
- She was flattered by Jim’s compliment.
- Someone complimented him on his tie.
The one that means “free” is also the “i”: Throw in some complimentary tickets and I’ll be there!