One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘Allude’ or ‘elude’?
Although when spoken these two words sound somewhat similar, their meanings are quite different. Allude is to suggest or indirectly call attention to something, for example:
She had a way of alluding to Jean but never saying her name.
Whereas elude means to escape from or avoid someone or something:
The thief eluded the authorities for months.
Or the failure to achieve or attain something:
After three years, the cup still eluded them.
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