Misuse and Abuse

Cleveland   Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:49 pm GMT
...under public scrutiny and avoid misuse of power

...under public scrutiny and avoid abuse of power

what's the different between them?
furrykef   Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:11 pm GMT
In this particular case, there isn't much difference. The two words are not always interchangeable, though. To misuse a hammer might be to try to use it to pound in a screw instead of a nail, but to abuse a hammer would be to damage the hammer.

- Kef
analslut   Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:22 pm GMT
The second one is more common.
Guest   Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:29 pm GMT
Can we say "the physical misuse of children"? If no, why?
furrykef   Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:51 pm GMT
To "misuse" a child, there has to be a meaning to "use" the child in the first place. But you can't really use a child in that sense... you don't "use" a child the same way you use a tool or a privilege.

- Kef