English word of the day: DISCREPANCY

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Hello students! Here’s our next word of the day in May – it’s discrepancy. This word has four syllables, with the stress on the second one – dis-CREP-an-cy. Discrepancy.

A discrepancy is a difference between two things – usually two pieces of information – that should match or that are supposed to be the same. Let’s say you’re going to buy something in a store and the price tag says $10 but when you go to the cash register and scan it, the price comes up in the system as $12 – there’s a discrepancy in the price. It should be the same on the price tag and in the system, but it’s different.

Or if you’re going to a party and one friend says the party starts at 7PM but another friend says it starts at 9PM, that’s a discrepancy.  When you have two employees at a company who have the same amount of experience and the same job responsibilities, but one has a higher salary than the other, then there is a discrepancy in their pay.

Think about a time when you’ve noticed a discrepancy, two amounts or pieces of data that should match but they were different. When we discover a discrepancy, we usually have to investigate more to find out which piece of information is correct, and why the difference or error happened.

Got it? Thanks for watching today and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!


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