Have you ever come across a sen­tence sim­i­lar to the fol­low­ing:

  • This idea was a per­fect seg­way into the can­dle light­ing sequence
  • … allowed the col­lec­tion to seam­less­ly seg­way into shin­ing bronze-gold sil­hou­ettes

They’re actu­al­ly incor­rect. Here’s why:

Segway

Seg­way is a brand name for a two-wheeled vehi­cle. You might have seen one before:

Four men riding Segways on a cobblestone walkway

Segue

If you want to use a word that describes a smooth tran­si­tion, then the word you’re look­ing for is actu­al­ly “segue”. It’s easy to see why some peo­ple pick the for­mer: it’s more pho­net­ic.

But now you know.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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