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Worst vs wurst

Worst means the least skilled, the lowest quality, the most severe, the most egregious, the least pleasing, to the least extent. Worst is the superlative of bad, it may be used as an adjective, adverb, verb or noun. Worst comes from the Old English word wyrresta. A wurst is a large sausage, typically made from a German or an Austrian recipe. The word wurst comes from the Old German word wurst, derived from the word wurstiz, which is possibly derived from the word wirren, meaning … [Read more...]

Seam vs seem

A seam is the line along which two fabrics are stitched together. A seam may also describe the place where two edges of any type of material meet or a fissure or scar in the face of some type of material. Finally, a layer of coal or other ore occurring underground is also called a seam. Seam may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are seams, seamed, seaming. The word seam is derived from the Old English word, sēam. Seem means to have the appearance of a certain quality, giving an … [Read more...]

Seen vs scene

Seen is the past participle of see, which means to perceive the world through the eyes, to perceive the world through the sense of sight. See also means to understand, to visit a person or a place, to experience, to court someone, to look up. See is one of the one thousand most frequently used words in the English language according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Seen comes from the Middle English word sein. Scene is the place where something occurs. Scene may also refer to a specific … [Read more...]

Feet vs feat

Feet is the plural form of the word foot, which is the appendage at the end of a leg which people or animals walk upon. Foot and feet are also used to mean the lowest part or parts of an item, or measurements of twelve inches. Changing the vowel in a word to pluralize it is called umlaut, it was common practice in Old English and survives in the words foot and feet. A feat is an achievement that requires enormous skill, bravery, imagination or brawn. Feat describes an accomplishment that is … [Read more...]

Team vs teem

A team is 1.) two or more people playing a game or sport together, in opposition to another group of people 2.) two or more people working together 3.) two or more draft animals working together 4.) in conjunction with the word up, as in team up, used as a verb to describe two or more people coming together to compete at a game or sport or to work on a project. Related terms are teams up, teamed up, teaming up. Teem is a verb that means to be abundant, to be inundated with a prolific amount. … [Read more...]

Patience vs patients

Patience is the capacity to remain calm in the face of a difficult situation or difficult people. Patience describes the ability to tolerate circumstances that would cause other people to lose their tempers. Patience is a noun, derived from the Old French word pacience and is related to the adjective patient. Patience is also an old-fashioned name for females. Patients is the plural form of patient, an ill or injured person receiving medical care. Patient comes from the Old French word … [Read more...]

Leak vs leek

A leak is a crack or hole in a container through which the contents escape. A leak is an accident. Leak may also refer to proprietary information that has been released into the public domain. Leak may be used literally or figuratively, and as a noun or a verb. Related words are leaks, leaked, leaking, leaky, leaker. Leak comes from the Middle Dutch word leken meaning to drip, to leak, and the Old English word leccan which means to moisten. A leek is a vegetable related to the onion, a leek … [Read more...]

Hoarse vs horse

Hoarse describes a rough, husky sound, usually referring to a human voice. Hoarse is an adjective, related words are hoarser, hoarsest, hoarsely, hoarseness. Hoarse probably comes from the Old High German heiser, meaning hoarse, dried out, rough. A horse is a four-legged animal with a mane and tail, still existing in the wild in some places but mostly domesticated. Horses are used as pack animals, draft animals and human transportation. Horse may be used as a noun, adjective or verb. Related … [Read more...]

Know vs no

Know means to be certain of a particular truth or fact, to be acquainted or familiar with, to understand or experience. Related words are knows, knews, knowing, knowable. Know comes from the Old English word cnawan, which means to know, to acknowledge, to declare. No means not any, not so, not to any degree, emphatically not, not a one, a negative answer. No may be used as an adverb, an adjective, a noun, or an exclamation. No is the opposite of yes, the plural form is noes. The word no is … [Read more...]

Cel, cell or sell

A cel is a transparent sheet painted with artwork, used in animation. The word cel is an abbreviation of the word celluloid, a transparent plastic that was invented in the latter half of the nineteenth century. A common word used in the animation business, the word cel came into the public vocabulary in the 1990s when cels began to be bought and sold in earnest by collectors. A cell is 1.) a small room used to incarcerate a prisoner 2.) a small room in which a nun or monk sleeps 3.) a hollow … [Read more...]

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