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Words and Common Confusions

Today is a day for revisiting the madness of the English language. We have all had moments when our minds blank and we can’t figure out what word we should use. “Affect or effect?” We wonder to ourselves. “Affect is usually a verb, right?” Luckily the fine folks at GrammarCheck have a bright and bubbly infograph that helps writers make the proper word choices.

Back when I was grading students’ essays, this would have been a great resource to hand toΒ them. I’m still half-tempted to send it aroundΒ to people I know, but I’ll restrain myself.



58 thoughts on “Words and Common Confusions

  1. When I was younger I always used to get Principal and Principle confused. Learned my lesson one day when I told someone that our school didn’t have our Principle. πŸ˜‚

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  2. Wow! There are a lot of words that are similar… Reasons why I detest the English language. I say we pick a different universal language, one that native speakers understand, perhaps? :p

    And I am STILL working on appropriately using affect and effect. Most other words I’m pretty good at. Though, I do remember accidentally typing ‘shudder’ when I meant ‘shutter’ one time, but I think that’s just my Midwestern accent slipping into my writing. Hee hee! πŸ˜€

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  3. I have a great little book I bought around 15 years ago called Editing Made Easy which is a quick reference guide for all those tricky words but also includes info about tautologies, cliches, using shorter words etc. I still refer to it in my day job & so do my younger colleagues.

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  4. WOW, neat! i’m constantly coming up against youngsters who do not know how to spell and make these common errors (forget i’m typing all in lower case–something I do on purpose). Visiting my local library, was so thrilled I wrote a blog post about it, and set up a notification. the auto response noted my request had been recieved. it’s a library! I was so irritated, I fired back a note regarding i before e.

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