Tag Archives: confusing words

Just des(s)erts

We all know what it means, but a lot of people are unsure about whether to use “just deserts” or “just desserts”. This is a thorough post about a confusing phrase: just des(s)erts. And once you know which word you want, … Continue reading

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Commonly confused words

We haven’t had one of these for a while, and the subject doesn’t go away. Here is some advice about confusing words. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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30 idioms you need to know and their meaning

Today we have a list of 30 idioms for your perusal. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases

Today’s post is a mixture. Some of these 33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases are regular stars of these sorts of articles, like the difference between lie and lay. Others are new to me, and while I can see how things can … Continue reading

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The difference between historic and historical

Here is something that confuses a lot of people. This is a nice post about the difference between historic and historical. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Draft

Here is an odd concept. 25 words are their own opposites. How many can you list before you click on the link? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Words that get muddled

Today I’ve got a list of posts about words that often get muddled: Comparing gratis, gratuitous, and gratuity. The difference between disinterested or uninterested. Deciding between in to and into. On a slightly different tack, embarrassing yet common malapropisms. Visit … Continue reading

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8 Commonly misused words

Here are some nice little cartoons to help you avoid confusion. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Advice v advise

Do you get confused about advice & advise? Try this post from Oxford Dictionaries. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Confused about discrete and discreet

These 2 words both come from Latin roots: Discreet comes from discernere, to discern. It means tactful, or unobtrusive. Discrete comes from discretus, separated. It has the same meaning in English, or it can mean distinct. So the confusion has … Continue reading

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