Confusables

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Idea vs ideal

Idea and ideal are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables idea and ideal, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. An idea is a thought, concept, or suggestion; an idea is something that one may possibly do or something that may possibly be true. An idea is a mental notion or hypothesis or a belief. The word idea is derived …

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Contentious vs conscientious

Contentious and conscientious are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. Confusables is a catch-all term for words that are often confused in usage. Two words or more than two words may be confused because they are similar in spelling, similar in pronunciation, or similar in meaning. These commonly confused words may be pronounced the same way or pronounced differently or may be spelled the same way or spelled differently, or may have different meanings …

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Reef vs wreath

Reef and wreath are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables reef and wreath, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. A reef is a deposit of rock or coral near the surface of the ocean. Coral is made up of the skeletons of a certain type of sea creature. In sailing, a reef is the strip of sail that can …

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Scrapped vs scraped

Scrapped and scraped are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables scrapped and scraped, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Scrapped, pronounced with a short a, means to have thrown something away, to have discarded something, to have taken something out of service. Scrapped may also mean to have engaged in a minor physical skirmish or quarrel. Scrapped is the past …

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Penance vs pittance

Penance and pittance are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables penance and pittance, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Penance is reparation for a transgression; it is punishment or a discipline one imposes on oneself to repent of wrongdoing. Penance is a sacrament in the Christian church where a penitent confesses sins to a priest and the priest grants absolution, in …

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Titter vs titer

Titter and titer are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables titter and titer, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Titter means a giggle, snicker, or suppressed laugh. A titter often is a result of nervousness or laughing at something one should not be laughing at. Titter is used as a noun and an intransitive verb, which is a verb …

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Slack vs slake

Slack and slake are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables slack and slake, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Slack means loose or not taut; inactive or lazy; slow or quiet. The word slack is used as an adjective, noun, or transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. For instance, a rope may be slack (adjective), …

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Synonym vs cinnamon

Synonym and cinnamon are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables synonym and cinnamon, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Grammatically speaking, a synonym is a word that has the same meaning or nearly the same meaning as another word. A synonym may have the same meaning or nearly the same meaning as a certain definition of another word but …

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Calibration vs collaboration

Calibration and collaboration are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables calibration and collaboration, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Calibration is the act of assessing or correlating an instrument or readings to make sure they are accurate and standardized. The word calibration is the noun form of the verb, calibrate; both words came into use in the mid-1800s and …

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Finale vs finally

Finale and finally are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables finale and finally, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Finale is the end of a piece of music, a performance, or a show. Usually, a finale is the most spectacular part of the piece in order to leave the audience with a feeling of wonder. The word finale is …

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