Stop saying “is comprised of”

It makes you sound ignorant, even though you think you sound smart. Instead, say “comprises” or “is composed of.”

Comprise means “include.” It means “comprehend,” in the sense of “include.” Obviously, both comprise and comprehend come into English from Fr. comprendre, the former by way of the past participle (compris, as in the very common French term “y.c.” = y compris = included (therein)). Think comprender, comprendido in Spanish.

Compose means “to put together” or “to make up.”

WRONG: The De Gustibus office is comprised of a bowling alley and a roller coaster.
RIGHT: The De Gustibus office comprises two floors and a fire escape.
RIGHT: The De Gustibus office is composed of one desk and one Chipotle.
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