Jibe and Jive - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Just in time! What’s the difference between jibe and jive?
This is no joking matter. I jest not.
OK, to jibe means to agree, match up, harmonize, or fit together nicely. Also, when a sailing skipper chooses to change course, he calls out, “Jibe ho!”
To jive is to joke, tricky, bluff, deceive, or pretend.
Here’s an example of accurate usage of jibe and jive.
The detectives knew something was amiss, because the stories told by the two young thugs did not jibe.
“Are you jiving me?” the older cop asked. “Don’t give me that jive talk. We need the truth.”
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