Some words are hard to remember. I have to look up “supercilious” every time I come across it. Others are confusing. I still don’t get what “camp” means when used as an adjective. Others are hard to remember and confusing. For the life of me, I don’t know how to use “cheeky” correctly.
Then there are the dreaded words, or pairs of words, that are so similar it’s easy to mix them up. Here are some common ones:
Affect & Effect
For the most part “affect” is a verb, and “effect” is a noun:
Occasionally “effect” is a verb when it means “to bring about”:
Pique & Peak
These two are usually mixed up in the expression “piques interest”:
Uncharted & Unchartered
These two are usually mixed up in the expression “uncharted territory”:
Moot & Mute
These two are usually mixed up in the expression “a moot point”:
Moot means “irrelevant.”
Mute means “silent/to make silent” or “unable to speak.”
Which word pairs trip you up? Please let me know in the comments so I can address them in a future post!