David Tennant

Tenet, Tenant, or Tennant?

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Fodder for today’s blog came via email first thing this morning, and is a mistake I see and hear often: Misunderstanding of the difference between tenant and tenet.

Tenants” are people who live in a particular place or who rent property to occupy. The tenants of the apartment were happy to see the landscapers mowing the lawn. A church’s core tenants, then, would be people who rent the church and live there. Clearly not what is meant in this article.

The correct word is “tenets.” A tenet is a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy. The tenets of Christianity include loving your neighbor as yourself.

And a Tennant? Why, he’s the 10th Doctor!