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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...]

Wart vs wort

A wart is a benign growth on the skin that is caused by a human papilloma virus, a wart is also called a verruca. Warts are contagious. The word wart is also sometimes used to describe any undesirable trait, physical or otherwise. An obnoxious person is also sometimes referred to informally as a wart. Wart is derived from the Old English word wearte. Wort is a word that is used in plant names and herb names, particularly plants that were once used as medication or food. Wort also means the … [Read more...]

Ewe, yew or you

A ewe is a female sheep. The word ewe is derived from the Old English word eowu, which means female sheep. A yew is an evergreen tree or bush, it is a coniferous tree or bush of the genus Taxus. Yews have long, flat needles and berries, which are poisonous. The word yew may refer to the wood of this type of tree or bush or to the tree or bush itself. Certain types of yews are very long-lived, the Fortingall Yew is estimated to be between 3,000 and 9,000 years old, perhaps making it the oldest … [Read more...]

Clause vs claws

In grammar, a clause is a string of words that includes a subject and a predicate, but is not a full sentence. There are four types of clauses, including 1.) a main clause, which is a clause that may stand on its own 2.) a subordinate clause, which is a clause that is unable to stand on its own 3.) a relative clause, which is a clause that begins with a relative pronoun 4.) a noun clause, which is a clause that functions as a noun. The word clause may also be used to describe a certain section … [Read more...]

Rail vs rale

A rail is 1.) a horizontal bar with supporting vertical posts that acts as a barrier or fence 2.) a horizontal bar affixed to a wall from which one may hang things 3.) the inside fence boundary of a racecourse 4.) a stile 5.) the tracks upon which a train runs 6.) sending something or traveling by train 7.) to complain about something loud and long or protest something loud and long 8.) a small wading bird. Rail is used as a noun or a verb, related words are rails, railed, railing, railer, … [Read more...]

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