Editor's Eye - Mispeled Wurds
edited: Monday, July 28, 2003
By Anastacia Lee
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2003
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There are many words in the English language that are constantly misconstrued. While it may be hard to keep track of them all, in this piece, Anastacia Lee helps us by naming some and giving the meanings and examples to help us while we write.
The words that we choose to use at any given moment are the words that are used to define us. These words will give a sense of our intelligence, upbringing, education and our experience. The words we use, whether applied correctly or not, will also show how important detail is to us as a writer.
Spell checks work well when looking for obviously misspelled words but that only solves half of the thorough checking that should be done before submitting a piece to a publisher. A spell checker will not catch words that are spelled right but mean something other than what you are trying to say. There are so many words that sound similar but aren't. Another common mistake is using an adjective with an absolute. An absolute is a word that means exactly what it means. Some of these words are: perfect, dead, pregnant, and complete. If you were to say something was "totally perfect" that would be redundant because totally is all the way and well, so is perfect. Perfect is perfect. You also cannot say that someone is a "little" pregnant because once you're pregnant
Below I will list words that are constantly used the wrong way by many people. I sometimes even find myself making some mistakes, which is another reason that proofreading your work is so very important.
Amend: to make minor improvements; correct an error
Emend: to edit a text to remove errors and corruptions
Beside: at the side of: She sat beside the young man on the bench.
Besides: in addition to: What else should I bring besides the pasta salad?
Illicit: unlicensed; unlawful
Elicit: to bring out; evoke
Councilor: member of a council: John Duffy is the new town councilor.
Counselor: someone who gives advice: I have an appointment to see my guidance counselor today.
Blonde: a blond - haired woman
Blond: light - colored hair or complexion; with fair hair or skin
Cite: to quote; commend; refer to as an example: I would like to cite JFK in saying...
Site: position; place; location: I am going down to the construction site to apply for a job.
Sight: vision; a view: I lost sight of the moon when I turned the corner.
Effect: a result; an influence
Affect: to pretend; influence.
Accept: receive; answer affirmatively: I will accept this award on behalf of John Doe.
Except: exclude; leave out: Most of the class has been invited except for Marjorie.
Ingenious: brilliant; clever
Ingenuous: naive; simple
Unreadable: not interesting; not worth reading: That article was truly unreadable.
Illegible: impossible or hard to read: She received a C on her paper because it was illegible.
Rein: the leather strap used for a horse
Reign: the period when a ruler is under his or her thrown
Their: possessive case of they: Mark and Talia brought their kids to the party.
They're: conjunction of they are: They're really starting to get on my nerves.
There: a place: This way! The store is over there!
Versus: against; in contrast with
Verses: poems or pieces of poetry
Then: a time; immediately or soon after; next in order: He picked me up and then we went to dinner.
Than: used after comparative words: I like that shirt so much better than that one.
As you can plainly see, things can sometimes get a little confusing with so many words sounding and looking alike but eventually, you get used to it. It's all a matter of practice and thinking about what you're writing when you write it. Again, using the right words at the right time can make all the difference, so always proofread and be sure you said what you wanted to!
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|Reviewed by Claywoman
|Stacey! this is perfectly wonderful!!! I is so glad you is editing my works! I doesn't have much problems with my grammer because I is almost a kolledge graj you ate...|