Complement vs. Compliment

This one is right up there with stationery vs. stationary.

Compliment means to offer a flattering remark. “You look marvelous!”

Complement means something that completes something else. In this case, the sign above was meant to indicate an array of caramel wraps, dips, and other apple accoutrements. Otherwise, the conversation might go something like this:

“Yes, can I help you?”

“Well, since you are soliciting compliments for your apples, I’m here to offer you some.”

“Alright then, let’s have it.”

“They are stacked very neatly, and the way they are stacked shows the best features of each of the varieties you have in stock.”

“Is that all?”

“Well, let’s not be greedy.”

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2 responses to “Complement vs. Compliment

  1. That’s definitely one of my pet peeves. But I have to admit I need a mnemonic to figure out which one to use: A comPLEment supPLEments.

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