Art of Craftsmanship

Academic writing tips and guidelines

Vital Homework Tips - Avoiding Word Confusion

I would rather be righting about this than that because I would have more free time. Or is it I would rather be writing about this then that? Yes word confusion is a common thing in the English language. One word used wrong can change the whole meaning of what you are writing about so you must be careful. Let us take a look at some commonly confused words.

  • We showed you right and write above. Do not confuse these two because they have totally different meanings.
  • We also demonstrated then and than. This one is used improperly a lot. Then pertains to time and than is used when comparing two things.
  • Bear and Bare are confusing too. You better know which one your friend means when he says go in there because she is bare (bear).
  • How about course and course. One means direction, or subject and the other means rough. Well you could have a coarse course if you were learning about sandpaper.
  • What about current and currant. If you are a dried grape lover by a big river then you better know the difference. There is envelop and envelope. One means to surround, the other is a means for sending letters.
  • Speaking of mean – how about a word that represents cruel, the statistical halfway point, and to intend all spelled the same. Now there is the definition of a confusing word.
  • There is Grisly and Grizzly. Again one is wise to know the difference.
  • Principal and principle are other words that are confusing to use so you better know the difference. The general rule here is the principal is not your pal. Or is it the other way?
  • Exercise and exorcise are two you don’t want to confuse either. If people come running out of a room screaming and tell you not to go in there unless you want to exercise (exorcise), you better be real sure what they mean.

This is a light hearted list of confusing words. They are fun to look at and play with but they certainly are not fun to use if you use them wrong. If you are not sure of a meaning of a confusing word then just do not use it. Sometimes It is better just to avoid a confusing word altogether. There are plenty other words in the dictionary you can use that are not so confusing.