Misspell

Misspell means to spell a word incorrectly. Misspell is a transitive verb, it takes an object. Related verb forms are misspells and misspelling. The American past tense and past participle is misspelled, the British past tense and past participle is misspelt or misspelled. Misspell first appears in the middle of the seventeenth century. Ironically, misspell is one of the top one hundred most often misspelled words in the English language, usually misspelled with a single "s". Remember, misspell … [Read more...]

Prioritize vs prioritise

Prioritize means to arrange items in order of their importance, to designate something more important than other things. Prioritize may be a transitive or an intransitive verb. Prioritize is the North American spelling, related words are prioritizes, prioritized, prioritizing, prioritization and prioritizer. Prioritise is an accepted British spelling. Related words are prioritises, prioritised, prioritising,  prioritisation and prioritiser. The American spelling of prioritize is also … [Read more...]

Mobilize vs mobilise

Mobilize means to organize people and forces in pursuit of a particular objective. Mobilize often refers to organizing in the face of an emergency or war. Mobilize also means to literally render something mobile, to make something capable of movement. Mobilize is a transitive verb, which means it takes an object. Mobilize is the North American spelling, related words are mobilizes, mobilized, mobilizing, mobilizable, mobilizer and mobilization. Mobilise is an accepted British spelling. … [Read more...]

Pasteurize vs pasteurise

Pasteurize means to heat food to a temperature that will kill harmful microorganisms but not alter the quality of the food, or the taste. Pasteurize is a transitive verb. Pasteurize is the North American spelling, related words are  are pasteurizes, pasteurized, pasteurizing and pasteurization. Pasteurized may also be used as an adjective. Pasteurise is an accepted British spelling. Related words are pasteurises, pasteurised, pasteurising and pasteurisation. The American spelling of … [Read more...]

Faeces vs feces

Faeces is bodily waste excreted from the bowels, through the anus. The adjective is faecal. Faeces comes from the Latin word, faceces, which means sediment, dregs. Faeces began to directly refer to human excrement in the seventeenth century. Faeces refers to any animal's solid waste, excreted from the bowels, through the anus. In North America, the spelling is feces and the adjective is spelled fecal. Examples Known as faecal microbiota transplantation, the method has been criticised by … [Read more...]

Cauterize vs cauterise

Cauterize means to burn the skin or a wound with a hot instrument or caustic substance.  Cauterizing eliminates necrotic tissue to prevent gangrene and infections, cauterizing also stops bleeding.  Cauterize is a transitive verb. Cauterize is the North American spelling, related words are cauterizes, cauterized, cauterizing and cauterization. Cauterise is an accepted British spelling. Related words are cauterises, cauterised, cauterising and cauterisation. The American spelling of cauterize … [Read more...]

Minimize vs minimise

Minimize means to reduce to the smallest possible amount, to estimate to the least possible degree, to belittle or represent as worth less than is actually true. Minimize is a transitive verb which takes an object. The North American spelling is minimize, related words are minimizes and minimized, and the nouns minimizing, minimizer and minimization. Minimise is the preferred British spelling. Related words are minimises and minimised, and the nouns minimising, minimiser and minimisation. The … [Read more...]

Spic and span vs spick and span

Spic and Span is the brand name of a cleaning product. While the spelling spic and span existed before the product, advertising has caused many people to popularize this spelling. The preferred spelling for this English phrase is spick and span. Spick and span is a phrase used as an adjective to mean extremely clean, spotless, freshly scrubbed. Spick and span may be hyphenated, as in spick-and-span. Either spelling is correct. Spick and span is a phrase which dates to the sixteenth … [Read more...]

Pharaoh or Pharoah

Pharaoh is the title given to ancient Egyptian rulers. Pharaoh is also used as a proper noun in the Bible. Today, referring to someone as a pharaoh means that he is a tyrant. The adjective form is pharaonic. Pharaoh comes from the Egyptian pr-'o, which means great house. American Pharoah is a race horse who is the twelfth Triple Crown Winner, having won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. He is the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. American … [Read more...]

Extol vs extoll

Extol is the preferred spelling of a verb which means to praise lavishly or to glorify. When one extols a person's virtues, one speaks of that person in heroic terms. Extol comes from the Latin ex- meaning out or upward and tollere meaning raise. When using extol in the past tense, the preferred spelling is extolled, the indicative is extolling and adverb is extollingly. Derivative nouns are extoller and extolement, these words are rarely used. The spelling extoll is accepted, but is … [Read more...]

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