Electric vs eclectic

Electric and eclectic are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables electric and eclectic, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.

Electric is an adjective that describes something that is charged with or powered by electricity. Electric may also be used to describe something that is thrilling or something colorful. The word electric was coined in the mid-1600s, long before electricity was understood or harnessed. At that time, the word electric was derived from the Latin word, electrum, which means amber. Amber was known to have attractive properties.

Eclectic is an adjective that describes a widely varied array of beliefs, ideas, things, or tastes. The word eclectic is derived from the Greek word, eklektikos, which means to choose or select.

Examples

Growth in Germany’s battery sector doubled to 35% last year led by demand for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, data showed on Wednesday. (Reuters)

The Grammys 2021 ceremony was blessed with the internet’s boyfriend, Harry Styles, who gave an electric performance of his song “Watermelon Sugar.” (Glamour Magazine)

They’ve since transformed the debilitated space into an expressive and eclectic home and art studio. (Salisbury Post)

The store in downtown Ramona offers an eclectic mix of upcycled, farmhouse, western and restored décor. (San Diego Union-Tribune)