‘Ingenious’ and ‘ingenuous’

These two words are easily confused, and often wrongly selected by autocorrect when you aren’t paying attention to the keys you are hitting.


  • clever, inventive and/or original
  • displaying cleverness or originality; well suited for its intended purpose


  • innocent, trusting or unsuspecting; unsophisticated
  • honest and straightforward

You can work out which word you need by remembering that a genius is often ingenious.


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