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Koan vs cone

A koan is a riddle, a paradoxical problem used in Zen Buddhism in order to demonstrate that logic and reason are sometimes inadequate. A koan is employed to stimulate enlightenment, koans have been used in Zen Buddhism at least since the twelfth century. Some famous koans are "When you can do nothing, what can you do?" and "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" These riddles are designed to provoke a shift in perception. The word koan is a Japanese word, a combination of the character ko … [Read more...]

Heard vs herd

Heard is the past and the past participle form of the verb hear, meaning to perceive a sound with one's ear, to listen to, to receive information, to listen to a legal case. The root word of heard, hear, is one of the Oxford English Dictionary's one thousand most frequently used words. The word heard is derived from the Old English word herde. Related words are hears, hearing, hearer, hearable. Herd refers to a large group of animals that live together. Usually, the word herd refers to hoofed … [Read more...]

Offal vs awful

Offal is the edible entrails and internal organs of an animal, offal may also mean decomposing organic material. Offal may be used figuratively to describe refuse or waste material of any kind. The word offal is a mass noun, which is a noun that describes something that cannot be counted, there is no plural form. Offal is derived from the Dutch word afval, which means fallen off, describing the parts of an animal that "falls off" of the butcher's block. Awful means nasty, unpleasant, very … [Read more...]

Hay vs hey

Hay is grass that has been cut and dried in order to use as feed for animals. Hay is often baled or bound in bundles shaped like squares or rounds. The word hay may also describe a certain country dance. Hay may be used as a noun or a verb, when describing the act of cutting and baling hay. Related words are hays, hayed, haying. Hay is derived from the Old English word, heg. Hey is an exclamation that is used to attract attention, to express surprise or dismay. In American English, hey is a … [Read more...]

Rest vs wrest

Rest means 1.) to take a break from working 2.) to relax in order to refuel one's strength 3.) to lie in repose after death 4.) to stop discussion or investigation of a problem or topic 5.) to end arguments in a judicial case 6.) a musical notation that means a pause 7.) the remaining part of something 8.) to be left in a specific condition. Rest may be used as a noun or a transitive or intransitive verb, related words are rests, rested, resting. Rest is one of the top one thousand most … [Read more...]

Segue vs Segway

Segue means to move from one song, melody, scene, story or topic to another in a smooth fashion, to make a transition without interruption. Segue is an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. Related words are segues, segued, segueing. The word segue is derived from an Italian word used in musical scores, segue, which mean follows. Segue moved into the vernacular in the 1930s. A Segway is a self-balancing motorized vehicle that carries one person. The Segway was … [Read more...]

Morning vs mourning

Morning is the early part of the day, before noon. Morning is the time between midnight and noon, but most often the word is used to refer to the time period of the day between sunup and noon. Morning is also used figuratively to mean the beginning of something, the early stages of something. The word morning is derived from the Middle English word morewen. Mourning is the expression of grief, the official period of time during which one grieves a death or the trappings of grief, such as … [Read more...]

Parish vs perish

A parish is the area served by a Christian church, administrated by a priest or pastor. A parish is a subdivision of a diocese. Parish also refers to the people served by a Christian church. In England, a parish is the smallest unit of rural government. In the state of Louisiana, a parish is a unit of government similar to a county. Parish comes from the Greek word paroikia, which means sojourning. Perish means to suffer or to die, to be ruined. Perish is also used to describe the decay of … [Read more...]

Gel vs jell

Gel is a substance that has a consistency similar to jelly. A gel may be a cosmetic, a hair product, a medicinal product or other substance. Gel may be used as a noun or a verb, when used as a verb gel means to form something into a gel. Related words are gels, gelled, gelling. Thomas Graham coined the word gel around 1900, as a back-formation from the word gelatin. Jell is a verb that means to become a consistency similar to jelly. Related words are jells, jelled, jelling, the noun form is … [Read more...]

Muscle vs mussel

Muscle is the fibrous tissue in an animal or human body that contracts and expands in order to create movement, either internal or external. The word muscle is also used to describe someone or something that is powerful or influential or something that is accomplished through force. Informally, muscle also indicates a person who is physically strong or whose job it is to enforce rules. Muscle is derived from the Latin word musculus. A mussel is a bivalve mollusk of the marine genus Mytilus or … [Read more...]

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