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Roll vs. Role

Hate to be a vocabulary nazi, but I just needed to make a post about the difference between the words roll and role. I’ve seen these words mixed up in so many blogs, forum posts and many emails between my guildies when we talk about raid stuff, and I can’t help but say something.

Roll – This is what you do with dice. More generally, it involves movement and revolution.

  • “Roll for the Bracers of Awesome”
  • “Roll HoTs on the tank”
  • “I rolled the gnome down the hill”

Role – A function or part played by an individual.

  • “When playing my druid, I prefer a raid healing role”
  • “Bruce Campbell played the role of Ash in The Evil Dead.”

I know this is opening my own blog up for people to poke holes in my grammar and vocabulary, but it’s just one of those things that gets under my skin and I couldn’t let it go.