Do you ever become confused over the correct way to use idea and ideal? This post will help.

It may be a regionalism, but many speakers say or write ideal when they mean idea. For example:

I have an ideal for next year’s Christmas: Move the date.

Comic Silverman has an ideal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican.

Do you have any ideals for how I can ease my fear of flying? Learn more.

Kelly

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