Anecdote and Antidote

Be sure to spell and pronounce anecdote (an-ek-dote) properly. Don’t confuse it with antidote ( anti-dote). An anecdote is a short narrative, often humorous.

  • Public speakers often begin their talk with humorous anecdotes.
  • Throughout the journey she entertained us with her witty anecdotes.

An antidote is something that counteracts, acts anti- to or against, a poison or disease. Example:

  • Annie told an anecdote about her childhood.
  • Is there an antidote for strychnine?
  • Doctors administered an antidote to the boy who had been bitten by the snake.
  • A hobby is a good antidote for boredom.

Source: Reader’s Digest Family Word Finder

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