Level of Distractibility: Who cares? = *. Some people will be distracted from your meaning: = **. Many people will be distracted from your meaning: = ***.
Question: I know what a compliment is. But what the heck is a "complement"?
Answer: A compliment, of course, is praise or flattery. "He gave me a compliment on my skill as a jump shooter."
"Complement" means to complete. "The team's hitting complemented the pitcher's excellent performance." Think of "COMPLEment means to COMPLEte."
Rating of Distractibility: (**). Not many people know that "complement" is a word, so its misuse will probably not distract that many readers. RayS.