Inquiry vs Injury - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between inquiry and injury
is that inquiry
is the act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning while injury
is damage to the body of a human or animal.
As a verb injury is
(obsolete) to wrong, to injure.
The act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination of facts or principles; research; investigation; as, physical inquiries.
According to Fowler's Modern English Usage'' (1926), ''inquiry'' should be used in relation to a formal inquest, and ''enquiry'' to the act of questioning. Many (though not all) British writers maintain this distinction; the Oxford English Dictionary, in its entry not updated since 1900, lists ''inquiry'' and ''enquiry'' as equal alternatives, in that order. Some British dictionaries, such as ''Chambers 21st Century Dictionary'' [http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/features/chref/chref.py/main?title=21st&query=inquiry], present the two spellings as interchangeable variants in the general sense, but prefer ''inquiry'' for the "formal inquest" sense. In Australian English, ''inquiry'' represents a formal inquest (such as a government investigation) while ''enquiry'' is used in the act of questioning (eg: the customer enquired about the status of his loan application). Both spellings are current in Canadian English, where ''enquiry'' is often associated with scholarly or intellectual research. (See Pam Peters, ''The Cambridge Guide to English Usage , p. 282.)
American English usually uses inquiry .
damage to the body of a human or animal
violation of a person, their character, feelings, rights, property, or interests
- The passenger sustained a severe injury in the car accident.
- Slander is an injury to the character.
* See also
(obsolete) To wrong, to injure.
- The best of us doth not so much feare to wrong him, as he doth to injurie his neighbour, his kinsman, or his master.