More confused words

I just updated the Grammar and Word Usage Round-Up post over on the writing related tab.

Newest additions:

– affect vs. effect
– losses vs. loses vs. looses
– retch vs. wretch
– horse vs. hoarse
– breath vs. breathe vs. breadth
– coarse vs. course
– cord vs. chord
– tick vs. tic
– eke vs. eek

Funny story?  I literally (and I do mean literally) woke up the other night worried that I had misused coarse for course in a post last week.  It’s kind of sad, to be honest.  But true.  (I was not, however, so concerned by it that I checked the post the next morning.  So, it’s quite possible that a post from last week uses coarse for course.  Sorry ’bout that.)

Also, I constantly second guess myself on my uses of breath and breathe.  I do not know why I have such an issue with that one.  Same with desert vs. dessert.  I always have to think about those ones.

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M.H. Lee is a speculative fiction writer currently residing in Colorado whose stories are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes darkly funny, but hopefully always thought-provoking and entertaining.
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2 Responses to More confused words

  1. Dave Higgins says:

    Are the words really confused? Or are we projecting society’s assumptions onto them, so the words seem to be troubled? When will we realise that if each person has a unique perspective, then each word must hold a world!

    On a less whimsical note, I worry about misuse of homonyms too. I even worry when they are not misused; I spent over an hour on Sunday worried I used “mould” instead of “mold” to describe a vessel for casting.

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