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  • Much vaunted
  • U.S. state demonyms
  • Ubersuper or very. It works as a prefix and as a standalone adjective.
  • Udder vs. utter
  • Unawares1. surprisedly or unexpectingly; 2. without awareness. It is an old adverb.
  • Uncomparable adjectives
  • Underwater vs. under waterIt is usually one word, but some still make it two words when it follows what it modifies.
  • Underway vs. under wayIt is usually one word before what it modifies and two words when it follows what it modifies, but the one-word form is gaining ground in all uses.
  • Undoubtably vs. undoubtedlyThey're both useful words with distinct meanings.
  • UniqueIt is traditionally an uncomparable adjective, but many English speakers now use it to mean remarkable or unusual, making it comparable.
  • United States (plural or singular?)It is singular.
  • Unkempt, unkeptBoth describe things that are not well maintained, but unkempt usually describes people, and unkept usually describes things.
  • Unknown quantitya person or thing who is unknown or unpredictable.
  • Unputdownableso riveting it is difficult to put down.
  • Untoward1. not favorable; 2. troublesome; 3. hard to guide or control; 4. improper.
  • Up to dateIt is hyphenated only as a phrasal adjective preceding what it modifies.
  • Upfront vs. up frontIt is one word when it precedes what it modifies. When it follows what it modifies, it is sometimes one word and sometimes two.
  • Upmost vs. utmostUtmost: to the highest or greatest degree. Upmost: situated in the top or most upward position.
  • UpshotIt traditionally refers to an outcome or conclusion, but it is now often treated as synonymous with upside or advantage.
  • Used to 1. accustomed; 2. did.
  • Usually alwaysIt is self-contradictory.
  • Vacuous vs. vapidVacuous: empty or inane. Vapid: dull.
  • Vagina vs. vulvaVagina: the passage leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix. Vulva: the external genital organs of the female mammal.
  • Vain, vein, and vaneVain: 1. excessively pleased with oneself; 2. not yielding a desired outcome; 3. pointless. Vein: a blood-carrying membranous tube in animals. Vane: short for weathervane.
  • Vamoosedepart.
  • Veracity vs. voracityVeracity: truthfulness or honesty. Voracity: eagerness to consume a great amount of food.
  • Verbiagean excess of words.
  • Verbs
  • Verses vs. versusVerses: the plural of verse. Versus: against.
  • Vertex vs. vortexVertex: 1. the highest point; 2. the point at which two sides of an angle intersect. Vortex: a whirling mass of matter.
  • VeryIt is often unneeded.
  • Vice president (capitalization and hyphenation)
  • Vice versa
  • Vice vs. viseFor the clamping tool, it's vice outside the U.S., and vise in the U.S. For all other senses of vice, the word has a c everywhere.
  • Vicious vs. viscousVicious: mean or evil. Viscous: having high resistance to flow.
  • Virgule
  • Vis-a-visin relation to or compared with.
  • Viz.namely or that is.
  • VoicemailIt is now usually one word, except in the New York Times and a few other places.
  • VoilàLook!
  • Vouchsafeto condescend to grant something.

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