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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Saturday, November 27, 2010 3:42:10 PM

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We are compiling a list of words that are often mistaken for one another in writing. Each pair or group has its own forum thread, with links provided below. This list is in alphabetical order, and word pairs that begin with different letters may be listed twice. It will be updated as more threads are added.

These are some of the most troublesome sets. For a fairly comprehensive list of sound-alike words, see Alan Cooper's Homonym List, and for a compilation of myriad mistakes often made in English usage, visit Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage.

Areola - Aureole

Because - Cause

Click - Clique

Complement - Compliment

Discreet - Discrete

Further - Farther

Elicit - Illicit

Faze - Phase

Illicit - Elicit

Loose - Lose

Peak - Pique

Phase - Faze

Shutter - Shudder

Their - There - They're

Throes - Throws

To - Too - Two

Your - You're


Maggie Rascal
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Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011 8:24:27 AM

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Not really a pair, but the misuse of "myself" when "me" is correct runs rampant in the world. The easy way I remember the correct way to use either one is this: mentally strip away everything but the subject and the verb and use "myself" and then "me" in the sentence or phrase in question - usually the absurdity of the "myself" usage punches you in the nose.

Example from a story on Lush (not picking on anyone, there's plenty everywhere...):

"This story was co-written by X and myself....

That is an incorrect usage of "myself". Most people only get into this pickle when they use "myself" in this kind of tandem pairing - "X and myself".

Strip it down to this: "This story was written by myself" - that should immediately just sound and look wrong to you. The story was written by me.

Try it and see if it helps!

Best of all would be to throw the passive voice under the bus and write it this way: X and I wrote this story. Shorter. Punchier.
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Posted: Saturday, January 29, 2011 9:09:04 AM

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Pail - Pale

and not the whitish color. The frequent misuse is in the phrase "beyond the pale" (correct) - "beyond the pail" (incorrect - that's just the other side of a bucket).
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Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:55:18 PM

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I just read a word I've never heard.

"mephitic" Adjective: (esp. of a gas or vapor) Foul-smelling; noxious. It's not on Lush, it's on another site and the author is using clinic terms for every body part and function. It's a tad jarring, "meatus," "emission," "frenulum," so on. I like to use some of those words but all and only them is jarring. Funny.
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 11:42:24 AM

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll find a few minutes to update the list...someday!

Maggie Rascal
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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:24:53 AM

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my pet peeve is using "good" and "well" correctly

"wow you write really well" not "you write really good"

"your dinner tasted good" not "your dinner tasted well"

generally speaking, things taste "good" and you do things "well"

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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 10:16:31 AM

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ok so i was reading The Devil's Punch Bowl by greg iles and the sentence was "I want you to come in my mouth tonight".

so now i'm wondering...is it come or cum?
scooter
Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:22:20 PM

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Here you go miss little;

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search
Cum can mean different things:

Cum is a slang term for semen
The verb form cum is a slang term for the act of ejaculation, or for having an orgasm
Cum or "Kum" is a Russian word that means "godfather of one's child" or "father of one's godchild".
Cum is a Latin word meaning "with" and is often used in academic Latin honors, such a cum laude meaning "with distinction". The modern Spanish con is a corruption of the Latin original.

Hope this helps with this dilemma.
I'm off to go and blow some cellulite insulation in my attic now,
next to the chimmily,,east of the ashfault drive ways
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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 5:25:16 AM

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Then/than. That drives me up the wall and it spoils a perfectly good story. When comparing one thing with another you may find that one is more appealing “than” another. “Than” is the word you want when doing comparisons. But if you are talking about time, choose “then“: “First you separate the eggs; then you beat the whites.” Alexis is smarter than I, not “then I.” I'm glad I found this topic, because I've been wanting to rant about this for a while, what can I say, I'm pedantic!
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:22:15 AM

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UPDATE: All the suggestions have been noted and an update to the list is in the works. Thanks again for all the great ideas!

Maggie Rascal
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:33:34 PM

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I want to recommend Judy Parkinson: i before e except after c and also My Grammar and I or should that be me: By Caroline Taggart and J. A. Wines.

These books are full of funny English rhymes that I remember as a child when I was growing up, either said by teacher's or family.

I hope you look them up as they are good.
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2011 6:46:23 AM

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masterbation rather than masturbation! Drives me nuts! ( The spelling not the act!! ;)
DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, September 5, 2011 6:25:30 PM

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Penis and Pianist...very commonly confused words...

I hate when that happens because I never know whether the girl is playing with a piano or an organ...happy8


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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011 3:36:37 PM

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Then and than

That one gets even me.

If you can't fuck yourself ... who can you fuck?
Michael
Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:57:31 PM

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Thanks for the listing, I had the areolae misspelled. I have now re-edited my latest story and updated my dictionary.
Another is breast - breasts

But I have other words I still question, "pre-cum". Is that right?

nicola
Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:41:11 PM

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"Pre-cum" is correct. book
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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 11:49:21 AM

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My pet peeve is saying 'of' instead of 'have' - for instance 'I should of' should be 'I should have'
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If I misspell something it is most likely because I am dyslexic. If you message me about it I would like to go back and correct that.

Even though I am dyslexic I notice a lot of misspellings, typos and incorrect grammar in stories.

(I had to edit the hell out of the above 2 lines of text before posting.) Really! HA




DLizze
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 10:42:11 PM

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LittleMissBitch wrote:
my pet peeve is using "good" and "well" correctly

"wow you write really well" not "you write really good"

"your dinner tasted good" not "your dinner tasted well"

generally speaking, things taste "good" and you do things "well"



and the proper response to "how are you?" is NOT "I am good." You may say, I am well, thank you", or "I am fine" - now, if they ask, "How are you in bed?", then it is perectly acceptable to say, "I am good." even if it IS a lie) LOL


@ magnificent1rascal - here are some more pairs for the list :
accept - except
affect - effect
cue - queue

"There's only three tempos: slow, medium and fast. When you get between in the cracks, ain't nuthin' happenin'." Ben Webster
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Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 2:13:49 PM

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Another pair for the list, because I always get them muddled up:

Know and now
DirtyMartini
Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 2:51:45 PM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:
We are compiling a list of words that are often mistaken for one another in writing. Each pair or group has its own forum thread, with links provided below. This list is in alphabetical order, and word pairs that begin with different letters may be listed twice. It will be updated as more threads are added.

These are some of the most troublesome sets. For a fairly comprehensive list of sound-alike words, see Alan Cooper's Homonym List, and for a compilation of myriad mistakes often made in English usage, visit Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage.

Areola - Aureole

Because - Cause

Click - Clique

Complement - Compliment

Discreet - Discrete

Further - Farther

Elicit - Illicit

Faze - Phase

Illicit - Elicit

Loose - Lose

Peak - Pique

Phase - Faze

Shutter - Shudder

Their - There - They're

Throes - Throws

To - Too - Two

Your - You're


Is it my imagination Ms Rascal, or did you repeat Phase and Faze?

You know, changing the order does not make them two separate sets of words...I know this thread implies that we get things confused, but I don't think we're that easily confused...Regaeman Man


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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:33:42 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
Is it my imagination Ms Rascal, or did you repeat Phase and Faze?

You know, changing the order does not make them two separate sets of words...I know this thread implies that we get things confused, but I don't think we're that easily confused...Regaeman Man


No, it is not your imagination. Yes, I did repeat the pairing, and yes, it was done intentionally.

It is a single set of words, cross-referenced alphabetically under the first letters of both spellings. It's common practice in guides such as this when the words in a set begin with different letters. Elicit and Illicit are listed in two separate places as well.

Maggie Rascal
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then and than
DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:33:56 PM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:

It's common practice in guides such as this when the words in a set begin with different letters. Elicit and Illicit are listed in two separate places as well.


I didn't know all that...I thought you were just trying to confuse me...

Maybe we should have a thread "Commonly Confused Lush Members"...then again, maybe not...happy8


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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 7:51:35 AM

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This has been one of my favorite flame-war threads, since I stumbled across it, over five years ago.

Ongoing discussion of the proper spelling of the words oriented and orientated... Aluminum and aluminium. The ever morphing English language really trips people out. evil4

It could easily fit in Nicola's recent thread concerning funny commentary.

Obscenity is the last refuge of an inarticulate motherfucker.
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Of/off - drives me nuts to see that a man had been sucked of instead of off, for example.

Woman/women - this one I've been seeing quite frequently on here, in the forums mostly. It drives me nuts to see people referring to what should be a singular as a plural. Get it right: Woman = singular, women = plural, grr.
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Gurlyboy wrote:
Of/off - drives me nuts to see that a man had been sucked of instead of off, for example.

Woman/women - this one I've been seeing quite frequently on here, in the forums mostly. It drives me nuts to see people referring to what should be a singular as a plural. Get it right: Woman = singular, women = plural, grr.


You wouldn't believe how much thread correcting goes on behind the scenes...

"I find it a bit of when a women is on her period, who about you?"
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nicola wrote:


You wouldn't believe how much thread correcting goes on behind the scenes...

"I find it a bit of when a women is on her period, who about you?"


Yeah, it must get tiring trying to correct silly mistakes like that. You'd think people would proofread their stuff, but I'm pretty pedantic, so I'll proofread everything, even forum posts.
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Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:43:16 AM

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As a British, native English speaker and English graduate, I am so happy to have found this forum and this paticular topic.
I admit that I am annoyingly pedantic, particularly when it comes to such as the mixing of "then" when it should be "than", the confusing of "there, "their" and "they're", "to" and "too" and the horrendous use of "of" instead of "have".
Some of these appear to be more used in American English, and some are more frequently in British use.
Oh, and I am completely with Gurlyboy. I also proofread everything. Sad, aren't we?
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Just saying...happy8




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