Need vs knead

Need and knead are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and mean different things. Need and knead are homophones. We'll look at the reason that some English words begin with the dipgraph kn, the difference between the words need and knead, and some examples of their use in sentences. Need may be used as a verb to mean to lack something, to be in want of something, to require something. Need may be used as a noun to mean the state of feeling the lack of … [Read more...]

Plaque vs plack

Plaque is 1.) an inscribed commemorative or ornamental tablet composed of a durable material such as metal or wood that is attached to a wall or other structure 2.) a sticky bacteria substance that attaches itself to teeth 3.) any patch on the body that is abnormal, such as a patch of psoriasis. The word plaque is derived from the Dutch word plakken, which means to stick. Plack is often seen to mean any of the definitions of the word plaque, however, this is a misspelling. The only accepted … [Read more...]


The fleur-de-lis is a symbol of a lily with three petals, bound together at the base. Fleur-de-lis is taken directly from the French, it literally means flower of the lily. An alternate spelling is fleur-de-lys. According to Google's Ngram Viewer both spellings are found with approximately the same frequency, though the Oxford English Dictionary prefers the fleur-de-lis spelling. The plural forms are fleurs-de-lis and fleurs-de-lys. The fleur-de-lis was a heraldic emblem, it is most closely … [Read more...]

Dialogue vs dialog

A dialogue is a conversation between two or more characters in a book, play or movie or a conversation between two or more people in real life, especially when they are working together on a particular project or problem. In North America, dialogue is also used as a verb to mean to take part in a conversation in order to work toward a resolution of a particular problem or particular project. Related words are dialogues, dialogued, dialoguing. Dialog is an alternative spelling of the word … [Read more...]

Categorize vs categorise

Categorize means to sort something into a particular group, to place something in a particular class. Categorize is the preferred North American spelling of this transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are categorizes, categorized, categorizing, categorization. Categorise is the preferred British spelling, related words are categorises, categorised, categorising, categorisation. The North American spelling of categorize is also considered correct and is gaining … [Read more...]

Gunwale and gunnel

A gunwale is the upper side of a ship or boat or the uppermost planks of a wooden vessel. Originally, the gunwale of a ship was the part of the deck where the guns were mounted and the term was spelled gonne wale, meaning gun plank. Gunwale is pronounced GUNnull. Gunnel is an alternate spelling of gunwale, the definition of gunnel is also the upper side of a ship or boat or the uppermost planks of a wooden vessel. This spelling is gaining momentum as it is closer to how the word is … [Read more...]

Computerize or computerise

Computerize means to convert an analog system to a digital system, to replace human labor with a computer system, to install a computer. Computerize may be used as an adjective or as a verb, related words are computerizes, computerized, computerizing, computerization. Computerize is the North American spelling. Computerise is the preferred British spelling, related words are computerises, computerised, computerising. The North American spelling of computerize is also considered correct and is … [Read more...]

Abridgment and abridgement

An abridgment is a shortened rendering of a written work, a condensing of the material that keeps the tone, spirit and intent of the work intact. Usually, a written work is made into an abridgment in order to translate the material into different media such as television or audiobooks, but not always. The purpose of an abridgment might be to make the material more available to a wider audience. Older works that might be difficult for modern readers to digest is often abridged. The magazine … [Read more...]

Criticize or criticise

Criticize means to enumerate faults or failings in a disapproving fashion. Criticize may also mean to analyze something, such as a work of art. Criticize is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are criticizes, criticized, criticizing, criticizer. Criticise is the preferred British spelling, related words are criticises, criticised, criticizing. The North American spelling of criticize is also considered correct and is gaining acceptance around the world. … [Read more...]

Amphitheater vs amphitheatre

An amphitheater is a round or oval building surrounding an arena suitable for presenting sporting events or dramatic events. An amphitheater is usually open to the outside, seating is tiered around the arena for spectators. The word amphitheater comes from the Greek word amphitheatron, meaning with spectators all around. The design of the amphitheater was invented in Ancient Greece, though the earliest amphitheaters were only semi-circular. The Colosseum is an example of an amphitheater, as is … [Read more...]

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