Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.
Crevasse / Crevice
It hit me this afternoon when I was writing a paid article today: what is the difference and is there one? Indeed there is! Both are nouns describing roughly the same thing but the major difference is where they appear.
A crevasse is a long, deep crack in an ice sheet often descending for considerable depth
A crevice is a split or a fissure in rock, a narrow opening. It needn’t be very long or deep and it can be in a wall