Bust and Burst - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Blech! Slang usage has broken down correct usage of bundles of English-language words. Bust and burst are bona fide examples of this.
Bust does not, in proper English, serve as a stand-in for break. Bunches of folks may use the word this way, saying, “Buster busted his butt to finish the project.”
But this is incorrect or, at best, slang.
Burst carries another meaning altogether. This word expresses falling apart, breaking open, or exploding.
Consider these examples of correct uses of bust and burst.
The big-busted beauty was busted, and everyone learned the secret of her overabundance, once the balloons on her bust burst. Embarrassed, she burst into tears before loading up her truck and calling out, “Hollywood, or bust!”
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