commonly confused words

Which Word Wednesday: Ocean vs. Sea

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Most people would not consider an 840-mile road trip in a minivan with three adults and three kids a good time. But I did just that, and I can honestly say it was an exceptional trip. My mom, my sister, and my sister’s three kids loaded up my sister’s minivan…

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Which Word Wednesday: Conceit vs. Concept

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At our family gathering this past weekend, my brother-in-law and his girlfriend said they had a word quandary for me. We proceeded to have a delightful conversation about word usage and context. Afterward, I mentioned it would make a great feature . . . and here it is. This week’s…

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Which Word Wednesday: Green Superhero Edition

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Everything I know about comic book superheroes I learned from the hubster. Without him, I would never have watched Smallville or the X-Men movies. I’m not an all-out fan, but I have enjoyed the creativity behind the characters and their powers. There are some superhero facts, however, that refuse to…

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Which Word Wednesday: Palate, Palette, and Pallet

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Only once before has Which Word Wednesday hosted a triplet—that post featured foreword, preface, and introduction. Today’s match up is a trio of homophones, all pronounced the same but spelled differently to designate their contextual usage. Let’s look to the definitions from the Oxford American Dictionary: palate :: noun the…

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Which Word Wednesday: Regal vs. Royal

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Despite the kerfuffle (that’s for my friends over at Christ and Pop Culture) surrounding Friday’s wedding of Prince William and Catherine, I’m planning to be a gawker from across the pond. I’m hosting a viewing party (my mom, sister, and niece will be in attendance) because: 1) I love weddings,…

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Which Word Wednesday: People vs. Persons

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The more I learn about language confirms how little I know about language. Each time I grab one of my word usage books for selecting a Which Word Wednesday match-up, I am delightfully surprised by something I had never heard before. Such is the case for this week’s pair, people…

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Which Word Wednesday: Flair vs. Flare

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My creative-writer side sometimes battles with my stickler-grammarian side. The creative-writer wants to coin new words and phrases—this side of me wants to create new rules or bend the ones that already exist. The stickler-grammarian wants to follow the tried and true Chicago Manual of Style—this side of me wants…

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