Word(s) of the Day: Ensure v. Insure

Ensure /inˈSHo͝or/, verb: 1. make certain “We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 1954 – 2. secure or obtain (a thing for a person, etc.) “Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 – 1969 Insure /inˈSHo͝or/, verb: 1. secure the contractual payment of a sum of money in the event of loss or damage to (property, life or person, etc.) by regular payments or premiums example: This policy will insure your car against theft. 2. guard or protect someone or something “To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” William Londen, 1872 – 1941