What’s the Difference Between CLIMATIC & CLIMACTIC?

The Difference Between CLIMATIC & CLIMACTIC?

It’s important to note the difference between CLIMATIC and CLIMACTIC as these words are so easily confused, as you will see in this video.

The video gives simple definitions for each word with associated clipart for easy memory retention. It then provides 4 real-life examples from the news, 2 when the words were used correctly, and 2 when they were used in error.

After watching the video and learning the difference between CLIMATIC and CLIMACTIC, look for opportunities to use these words correctly in your daily conversation.

Here is a transcript of the video “The Difference Between CLIMATIC & CLIMACTIC (4 Examples)”

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What ‘s the difference between CLIMATIC & CLIMACTIC?

CLIMATIC relates to climate and weather

CLIMACTIC relates to climax, the high point or culmination of something

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The picture shows a raging wildfire with a firefighter in the foreground.

The quote is from The Guardian newspaper with reference to weather conditions.

“Late season conditions are also driving more fires in unusual ways due to the climatic conditions we are currently facing.”
The Guardian
(See end of video for source link)

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The picture shows an advertising poster for the movie “Toy Story 3”.

The quote is from a New York Times article describing a dramatic scene in the movie which reaches a climax.

“In the climactic scene of ‘Toy Story 3,’ Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the crew narrowly escape death when a remote-controlled claw lifts them from an incinerator just before flames engulf them.”
New York Times
(See end of video for source link)

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Surprisingly, these words are even confused by reputable sources.

For example:

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In an article about the environment on the Washington Times web site:

“We need the will to confront the causes of climactic changes at their root,” Francis said.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/sep/12/pope-teams-up-with-slow-food-founder-for-environme/

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It should be:
“We need the will to confront the causes of climatic changes at their root,” Francis said.

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With reference to a dramatic scene in Kirk Douglas’ movie Spartacus in an article on the BBC web site:

“In the Douglas film’s climatic scene, a group of captured slaves are asked to identify Spartacus in exchange for leniency, but all respond: “I am Spartacus.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-52455737

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It should be:
“In the Douglas film’s climactic scene, a group of captured slaves are asked to identify Spartacus in exchange for leniency, but all respond: “I am Spartacus.”

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So be careful, don’t make the same mistake. Remember,

CLIMATIC relates to climate and weather

CLIMACTIC relates to climax, the high point or culmination of something

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If you are interested in the difference between CLIMATIC and CLIMACTIC, then be sure to check this page on correct word usage:
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Image Credits

Slide 4 – wildfires
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The Guardian quote:
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/19/right-fire-for-right-future-how-cultural-burning-can-protect-australia-from-catastrophic-blazes

Slide 5 – Toy Story 3
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New York Times quote:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/business/burger-king-plastic-toys.html

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