Gibe, jibe, and jive!!

Similar sounding words can be problematic. Let’s look at three fun examples: gibe, jibe, and jive.

A gibe is a taunt or tease: “The angry audience hurled gibes at the speaker.” Gibe can also be a verb: “The Ducks and Beavers gibed each other.”

To jibe with something is to agree with it: “Sam’s job interview jibed with her resumé.”

Jive generally means either to deceive by fast talking or to tease or taunt. This example is best illustrated by the Bee Gee’s classic song from 1975, Jive Talkin’:

It’s just your jive talkin’, you’re telling me lies
Jive talkin’, you wear a disguise
Jive talkin’, so misunderstood
Jive talkin’, you’re really no good

That is all for now …

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