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.

9 responses to “Roll vs. Role

  1. +1 for Bruce Campbell reference

    Was this about my big post and/or comments? I wrote roll and role in that so many times, I started to type the wrong thing.. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a mess 😛

    Something really weird: Whenever I go to type the word "said", I always type sayd. Always. Every time – I type it with a Y, then I have to backspace and fix it. Bizarre.

    • I didn't notice any mix-ups in your posts, but now I'll have to go look again! 😛

      It was actually a post on World of Matticus that set me off. And it might have been aimed at a guild mate or two as well.

  2. I will be sure to use /role 50 in all raid from now on.


  3. Iffy's pet peeve: Inscriptionist. *twitch*

  4. I take myself very seriously, which is why I've elected to take out the "play" from the term RP. That's just how I role.

  5. I'd like a whole wheat role please. And bring extra butter.

  6. I noticed this DBM typo in game the other day and I thought of you! Her post reminded me. 🙂