Common Errors in English Usage: Hippy (adj), Hippie (n)

Here is a worksheet on differentiating the adjective hippy from the noun hippie. This is a full-page worksheet with a short reading on the words under study, five modified cloze exercises, and space for students to write five sentences from subject to period using either one of these words. For the record, hippy means “someone with wide hips,” whereas hippie means “a long-haired 60s flower child.” We old hippies will thank you for the proper use of these words.

To give credit where credit is due (which if you follow this blog, you’ll know I do compulsively), this material was adapted from Paul Brians’ book Common Errors in English Usage; amazingly, he allows unpaid access to the book at the Washington State University website.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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