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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 15th Jun 10, 12:13 PM
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    Commonly confused words
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    • 15th Jun 10, 12:13 PM
    Commonly confused words 15th Jun 10 at 12:13 PM
    There are some words that look and/or sound very similar, but mean entirely different things:

    - Titliate and Titivate
    - Discomfort and Discomfit
    - Discreet and Discrete
    - Abjure and Adjure


    Hit reply if you can think of any others and feel free to check here for some inspiration:


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  • MattYork
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    • 15th Jun 10, 8:46 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 8:46 PM
    Affluent and Effluent.............. I've got those confused before!
  • greenefingers
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:05 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:05 PM
    Bought and brought. My pet hate!
    • ceebeeby
    • By ceebeeby 15th Jun 10, 10:06 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:06 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:06 PM
    Affect and Effect

    ETA ... oh, it's on the list - does that mean it's duff and I've missed the point?
  • heaven-scent
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
    Compliment vs Complement
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
    How about that one?
  • tabskitten
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:35 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:35 PM
    I have just moved North and they seem to confuse 'dinner' with 'lunch'.....


    I think tabskitten is a crying, walking, sleeping, talking, living troll
    Originally posted by They Were Up In Arms
    • Old Wrinkly
    • By Old Wrinkly 16th Jun 10, 1:55 AM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 1:55 AM
    • #7
    • 16th Jun 10, 1:55 AM
    There are some words that look and/or sound very similar, but mean entirely different things:

    - Titliate
    Originally posted by MSE Martin
    ???

    feel free to check here for some inspiration:
    Commonly confused words
    But be warned that this is a U.S. site, and U.S. and English usage (and spelling) can differ ...
    Last edited by Old Wrinkly; 16-06-2010 at 2:05 AM.
    • katmal
    • By katmal 16th Jun 10, 5:44 AM
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    affect and effect
    crutch and crotch
    Pacific and specific

    Drives me nuts!

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  • jelly1952
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    • 16th Jun 10, 6:46 AM
    Commonly confused words
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    • 16th Jun 10, 6:46 AM
    "prostate" and "prostrate" - very embarassing for the male gender!

    Just thought of another one: "male" and "mail".

    Are there any more gender related/connected confusing words?

    As a professional proof-reader the most common confusion arises with:

    "its" and "it's"
    "there" and "their".
  • TriciaN
    A secretary at work, promoted beyond her abilities, used to use the word exacerbate when she meant expedite, which made her memos hilarious reading!
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  • TriciaN
    I have just moved North and they seem to confuse 'dinner' with 'lunch'.....
    Originally posted by tabskitten
    ... and dinner with "tea" - or is it just in Wales they do that?
    Be ALERT - The world needs more LERTS
  • Tricia Mc
    drawer and draw - a heartfelt addition after looking for furniture on ebay - about half of sellers advertise a 'chest of draws' rather than 'chest of drawers'.
  • tabskitten
    ... and dinner with "tea" - or is it just in Wales they do that?
    Originally posted by TriciaN
    no they do that here too.

    Ask someone over for 'tea' and they turn up expecting a meal wheras I'm just putting the kettle on and rattling the biccie tin!!


    I think tabskitten is a crying, walking, sleeping, talking, living troll
    Originally posted by They Were Up In Arms
  • Suelynn
    Confusing words
    What about:

    There & their
    Weir, wear, where, were & we're

    I always had trouble trying to explain this to my son when he was at school.
    • davetrousers
    • By davetrousers 16th Jun 10, 8:29 AM
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    Cafetiere and Catheter
    .....

    • lilian1977
    • By lilian1977 16th Jun 10, 9:11 AM
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    I think bought and brought are my least favourite, it really annoys me.

    Stationary and Stationery as well.

    Also, something I only discovered recently - the saying "he's got another think coming". I always thought it was "he's got another thing coming" - but the first makes much more sense, I'd just never thought about it before. Guess I had another think coming! http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=87385


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    inquiry & enquiry
    Last edited by goggle; 16-06-2010 at 9:30 AM.
    • edda
    • By edda 16th Jun 10, 9:31 AM
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    Dependent v. Dependant
    I think you should've checked this week's email before starting this thread:

    It's less an issue if you've no dependents

    • Greatgimp
    • By Greatgimp 16th Jun 10, 9:33 AM
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    Not exactly what you mean, but

    you're and your

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    • kalaika
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