Many writers make the mistake of using “incredulous” when they really mean “incredible.” Such malapropos can be amusing when employed as a comedic device, but an unintentional error will have the reader laughing at you—rather than with you.
So what’s the difference? “Incredible” describes something that astounds, especially in a pleasing way, e.g.,
- Ron obtained an incredible trial result.
- The view from the Tooth of Time was incredible.
But far too often the Scribe sees something like this:
- Did you see the incredulous sunrise this morning?
Yikes! Incredulous should not be used interchangeably with incredible. Incredulous describes a state of being disbelieving, doubting, or skeptical. It should never be used to describe an amazing event.
That is all for now …