Being someone who is in the desperate race on Wattpad to gain followers as I near my longtime goal of 1,000, I am once again running a critiquing service.
Time and time again, I see people, some as old as 16, mess up the word “critic” and “critique”. This got me thinking. Maybe it’s not stupidity, but just a common mistake.
So, to eliminate ANY confusion for anyone out there, here are the actual definitions for these two words from the Webster’s Dictionary:
Critic (noun): one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter.
Ex. She is a harsh critic.
Critique (also a noun): a careful judgement in which you examine the good and bad parts of something.
Ex. Hans gave a critique on Elsa’s meatloaf. He said it was dry and salty.
Another example: I am a critic who leaves critques on fiction stories.
So please, never ask someone, “Can you please leave a critic on my story?” Or post an advertisement saying that you “will critic any genre.” These are two different words with two different meanings.