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Jibe and Jive - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z

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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  1. This made me think of Slumdog Millionaire, Im sure he doesnt say Jibe Ho. lol

  2. I don't use those words myself. I do see a lot of similar mistakes and errors and they annoy me quite a bit. English is my second language, so I shouldn't be better at it than those who have it as their first language.

  3. You may not have meant to jest, but this is seriously funny! I can dig that. (as is jibe)

  4. Are you jiving me?

  5. What a great choice. I sometimes get mixed up with those words, too.


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