Are you disparate or desperate?


Disparate or desperate?

Many people get these two words mixed up.  Others don’t even know the word disparate exists.

The English language is so tricky, I thought I would point out the difference between these two words that some similar.

DISPARATE:  If something is disparate, it is distinct, unlike another or different in quality or character.

The population of New York City could be thought of as disparate.

DESPERATE:  Most know that desperate means having little or no hope or extreme/extensive.

I hope this blog is not making a desperate attempt at being disparate.

2 responses to “Are you disparate or desperate?

  1. With an Industrial/Organizational Psychology background, I’m familiar with the word disparate as in ‘disparate treatment.’ It is a term in Equal Employment Opportunity law that states employers can not treat employees differently on the basis of qualities protected under the Civil Rights Act laws. Perhaps this example may help people remember the definition as well.

  2. wordsbybob

    Thanks Melanie Good to have a reader of my blog in Penn.