Commonly Confusing Words Change Your Context
Okay, so this is not a steamy or politically charged entry that a few have come to enjoy, but you might learn something or confirm your knowledge and get a free ego stroke, so stick around for a minute. Like most, I write for a variety of reasons whether by choice or consequence. So, it is handy to have a good working knowledge of words, uses and meanings … or at least a quick reference, especially useful for times of uncertainty or when expedience takes precedence over excellence. Personally, I think computers have a mixed history when it comes their efficacy in increasing education. I’m not sure which is more true: the computer makes me seem smarter by helping learn to spell (spell check is built into my word processors and as a toolbar add-on for my browser for typing in most online applications, to include this website); or, I am slowly becoming smarter by use of my computer. For example, MS Word tells me when I misspell something and even warns me when I may be writing a confusing or run-on sentence; further, with a few keystrokes (Shift + F7) I can bring up the built-in thesaurus and avoid reusing a word too often, or even find a word to which I never even considered, or possible knew. Either way, were here (in the Digital Age) now so we may as well make use of the resources and hope for the best.
Commonly Confusing Words
There is no two ways about it, English is probably one of the most confusing languages there is and it’s full of confusing words. Beyond homophones, many of our American English words have near or same pronunciation with different meanings. Furthering the confusion is words with exact spellings and pronunciations with different meanings. And you thought memorizing theorems was tough – the English language can be a tough bear to bear around sometimes.
Confused Words List #1
Grandpa and Dad both use to tell me, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Well to be sure, that was sound advice. Make sure you are saying what you mean and that you have used the right word for the right requirement in everything you write; practice makes perfect.
- accept: take, receive
except: exclude or leave out
- advice: noun meaning to guidance
advise: action verb meaning to guide
- air: noun for the atmosphere we’re breathing
err: verb meaning to make an error; mistake
- affect: verb; to influence
affect: noun describing psychological state
effect: impact and purpose; noun
- a lot: many
- all together: all at one once; at one time
altogether: completely; all inclusive
- already: happened before; previously
all ready: wholly prepared
- conscience: moral sense
conscious: alert; awake
- eminent: distinguished
imminent: at any time; expected
immanent: inherent; inborn
- loose: noun meaning not fastened; not tight
loose: can also be used as a verb to mean let go
lose: verb for misplace
No doubt we’ll be adding to the list in the near future, but this will make for a decent dent in hopefully clarifying commonly confusing words.