Rick’s question: “Is there a difference between ‘disinterested’ and ‘uninterested’? Or are they interchangeable?”
BizWritingTip response: Thank you for pointing out this common error. Yes, many people do interchange these words. But they have different meanings.
“Disinterested” means unbiased or impartial. In other words, a disinterested person cannot be influenced to his or her own advantage.
We need to find a disinterested person to select the winner.
G.M. Trevelyan said, “Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.”
“Uninterested” means not interested or unconcerned.
I am uninterested in raising funds for an event that is not for charity.
Gilbert K. Chesterton said, “There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.”
Trust you found this interesting.
I have just posted my popular RIP Tip Sheet on this website. Whenever I deliver a session on business writing, I provide the RIP tip sheet to the participants. But I thought my BizWritingTip readers might like a copy. The RIP tip sheet lists words and phrases that are clichés in today’s business world and provides alternatives.