‘Ingenious’ and ‘ingenuous’

Here is an ingenious post that is not ingenuous in any way.

Hannah McCall

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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