Homophones emerge vs immerge


I thought I understood their difference. But then I went to this website (YourDictionary.com) with the following example sentences:

Immediately after delivery, infants immerge into a world of bright lights, cold medical equipment and lots of strange voices.

Hm, I would have thought that infants emerge but ok, maybe they dive into this new world. But I saw then the following example

In recent years, studies began to immerge about the health benefits of wine, including cardiovascular system improvements and decreases in certain types of cancer.

That must be wrong, mustn't it?

Mr. T

Posted 2019-02-16T11:57:37.890

Reputation: 191

1What do you know about the definition of immerge? – ColleenV – 2019-02-16T12:21:50.277

Emerge: To come into view. Immerge: To submerge or disappear, especially in a liquid. – Mr. T – 2019-02-16T13:53:03.420



Both of your examples use 'immerge' wrongly, where they should have used 'emerge'. Both appear to be written by a person or persons unfamiliar with English, and, indeed, meaning. For example, infants emerge into the world at the time of delivery, not "immediately after". Also, in the second example, 'began' should be 'have begun'.

The web is full of unreliable and low-quality material. That is something you should keep firmly in mind. For dictionaries I suggest you use Oxford, Cambridge, or Merriam-Webster rather than YourDictionary.

Michael Harvey

Posted 2019-02-16T11:57:37.890

Reputation: 31 750

Phew. What a relief. I thought I lost it. No wonder that "alternative facts" are on the rise given the quality of resources like this website. Problem is that I found a similar misuse of "immerse" on another website, so that made me question my understanding. – Mr. T – 2019-02-16T14:03:06.277

1By the way, immerge is very rare. The iWeb corpus shows 135 instances, against 139 804 of emerge. But at least 20 of those 135 are a brand name, and I estimate at least half of the remainder are errors for emerge. – Colin Fine – 2019-02-16T19:05:34.840