Both can mean "in all places at all times", but additionally, Ubiquitous can also mean constantly encountered.howard said:I know the dictionary meanings of the 2 words are similar.
I want to know the difference between them.
When would I use which and why?
Hi Tim,timpeac said:Certainly sounds like my idea of god!
Ubiquitous - you find it everywhere
whenwhether or not you are notlooking for it
you find itIt finds you everywhere when you are trying to avoid it
It's all about the ubiquitous coconut clappers and blessed cheesemakers, who are neither omnipresent nor omniabsent except when you wish to be free of them!timpeac said:Oooh I feel like I've been hit by a monty-pythonesque bolt of lightning!
I agree that there seems to be a fair amount of overlap between these two cocepts. However, IMHO there seems to be the following nuance between them:charmingman said:Both can mean "in all places at all times", but additionally, Ubiquitous can also mean constantly encountered.
For example, I would say that best-sellers, number 1 singles, the latest fashion craze is ubiquitous. However, I would also tend to use omnipresent for God like entities. But in common usage there seems to be a fair amount of overlap.
I don't think any dictionary is going to hire you for those definitions, but it's certainly a clever line!languageGuy said:Ubiquitous - you find it everywhere when you are not looking for it
omnipresent - you find it everywhere when you are trying to avoid it