Illicit v. Elicit

As I was writing my Muppets post, I used the word illicit and realized that it means something very different from what I intended, elicit. I quickly corrected the word, but not before writing it and potentially looking the fool.

For your own reference:

illicit (il·lic·it [ih-lis-it]) adjective

  1. not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
  2. disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.

elicit (e·lic·it [ih-lis-it]) verb (used with object) to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke: to elicit the truth; to elicit a response with a question.

I think I may try to come up with some short lesson like this once a week. Not exactly a word-of-the-day or -week, but more of a correction or clarification of the week.