Hello SErs! Harmony here 🙂
A couple of books I’ve read lately have reminded me of how some common words are actually wicked words that like to trip us up at every chance. Because they are such common words, we think we know them and what they’re all about, but in fact, we’ve picked up the chameleon on the corner, who’s just pretending to be the word we want.
When we know that we’re not sure of a word, that’s easy because we can just go and look it up online. However, it’s the ones that feel like old friends that we have to keep an eye on the most. Sadly, we tend to use those old friends indiscriminately, and that’s when they stick out their legs and trip us up.
A vast difference in meaning exists between the following words, even though they may seem the same …
Discreet/Discrete | Wave/Waive | Aloud/Allowed | Set/Sat | Hanger/Hangar | Hoard/Horde | Everyday/Every Day | To/Too | Peace/Piece | That/Than |
Common though they may be, I have lost count how many times I have seen the wrong version of the word used. It’s a bit like having an evil twin, lols. You can’t tell them apart, but–oh boy–you want to make sure you hang out with the nice one!
Below, I give you the meanings of some of the pairs listed above. All of these definitions can be found on Google 🙂
One I haven’t mentioned is Baited/Bated … I saw a great post by Marcia on The Write Stuff, which you can read HERE.
What other words have you all come across in your reading that have pulled you out of a story or misled you due to being used incorrectly?
For more examples, you can check out my very first post on Story Empire called Where There’s Proof, where I list a lot of the commonly misused/misspelled words.
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂