Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
This is one of those words that gets mixed up often with another: In this case, illicit.
Elicit is a verb. Illicit is an adjective.
You elicit laughter from an audience when you tell a good joke. To sell drugs, however, is illicit.
It’s all in the prefix. Ill- always indicates that which is not right, not legal, not applicable. Illegal, for instance, or illegitimate.
Elicit, on the other hand, starts with a prefix that means out or out of. The beginning e is derived from the Latin ex, out, as in exit. So it means to draw out.
And here’s a sentence that may confuse things even further: ” His leadership elicited illicit behavior on the part of his followers.”
And there you have your grammar lesson for the day. I know how happy that makes you 🙂