Elicit vs. Illicit

Company email is not the place to make embarrassing spelling errors, but it happens all the time. We’re stressed! We’re pressed for time! We hit send! We receive replies that say, “Um, I think you meant “elicit” not “illicit”. It’s a head-slap moment.

Elicit — to draw out (responses, as in a survey)

Illicit — illegal (as in certain types of behavior)

This is not to mention the other errors in this message.

Bottom line…a few minutes of proofreading saves a lifetime of wishing you had.


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