commonly confused words

Which Word Wednesday: Delusion vs. Illusion

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You’ve likely been inundated with news about our government’s little sabbatical (ahem), the reasons for which are many and complex. I do not claim special insight or analysis. Instead, I’m dedicating today’s Which Word Wednesday to the whole debacle by looking at delusion and illusion. I want to make sure…

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Which Word Wednesday: Coarse vs. Course

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Although fall doesn’t officially kick off for another 11 days, I tend to think of Labor Day as the beginning of the season. School has started, football is on, the leaves are changing, and—my favorite: There are cross country meets to watch. It’s part nostalgia, part love for running that…

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Which Word Wednesday: Orphan vs. Widow

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You may be wondering how in the world someone might mix up these two terms. In common, everyday usage, an orphan is a parentless child; a widow is a woman whose husband has died. But these terms are also used in the editing world to describe less-than pleasant text layout….

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Which Word Wednesday: Sherbet vs. Sherbert

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Summer is almost here! And you know what that means: ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, that oh-so-mysterious soft serve stuff, gelato, sorbet, Italian ice, sherbet. The treats are plentiful, which is one of the best parts of summer. But that last item on the list is a tricky fellow;…

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Which Word Wednesday: Filly vs. Philly

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I’d like to dedicate this week’s Which Word Wednesday to the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Those of you who know me know that my heart doesn’t beat for horses—I have a now-hilarious horseback riding experience that sealed it. (Let’s just say I’m not a fan of crabby horses or saddle bruises.)…

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Which Word Wednesday: Connote vs. Denote

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I love it when friends encounter their own word duels and send them my way as potential Which Word Wednesday entries. Today’s match up comes from dear friend Angel who wondered about the difference between connote and denote. Good one! Although I’m familiar with the pair, I had a hard…

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