Gail from Minden, Nevada, notes the difference between pixelated, which describes images composed of tiny pixels, and pixilated, which is pronounced the same, but means “drunk” or “confused.” Pixilated derives from the idea of being pixie-led, or “enticed into trouble by mischievous imaginary creatures.” Pixelated, in contrast, comes from the much more recent word pixel, short for picture elements.

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