Writing Tip 48: “Immolate” vs. “Emulate”

Auto-correction fail: Immolate vs. Emulate

Here’s one to watch out for in a big way. Make sure you spell “emulate” correctly.

You know what’s a funny and/or terrible auto-correction? “Immolate” when you meant “emulate.” Don’t tell your child to “immolate” his or her well-behaved friend. That might not end well.


  • “Emulate” means to imitate with effort to equal or surpass;
  • “Immolate” means to sacrifice, slaughter, or to kill by fire.

Be careful with matches, folks, and happy writing!

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