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Liveable or livable

Liveable means fit or enjoyable to live in. Liveable may mean meets the minimum standards of habituation, but most often liveable means is pleasant to live in. Liveable enters the English language in the seventeenth century with the meaning likely to survive, within fifty years the definition comes to mean suitable for living in. Liveable is an adjective, the noun forms are liveability and liveableness. Liveable is the preferred British spelling. Livable is the preferred American spelling, it is gaining …

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Carburetor vs carburettor

A carburetor is a part in an internal combustion engine that controls the mixture of air with the gasoline, a carburetor atomizes gasoline. In automobiles, carburetors have mostly been replaced by fuel injection systems due to the introduction of catalytic converters in order to alleviate air pollution. Carburetors are still commonly used in small engines like those used in lawn mowers. The word carburetor comes from the obsolete mid-nineteenth century word carburet, meaning compound of carbon and another substance, today …

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Accessory vs accessary

An accessory is a supplementary item to a main item that enhances the main item in some way. Also, an item worn or carried in order to enhance an outfit such as a purse or scarf is an accessory. The plural form of accessory is accessories, the verb form is accessorize. Accessary is a legal term which means someone who aids another in committing a crime. Interestingly, the term accessary is increasingly spelled as accessory, the trend seems to have …

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Generalize vs generalise

To generalize means 1.) to form a broad conclusion based on inferences drawn from specific cases 2.) to make something more widely available or applicable 3.) to speak in generalities, often in a prejudiced manner. Generalize is the North American spelling, related words are generalizes, generalized, generalizing, generalization. Generalise is the preferred British spelling, related words are generalises, generalised, generalising, generalisation. The American spelling of generalize is also considered correct and is gaining acceptance around the world Generalize and generalise …

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Indict vs indite

Indict means to legally charge someone with a crime, indict may also be used figuratively to mean to accuse someone of a transgression. Related words are indicts, indicted, indicting, indictment, indictee, indicter. The c in indict is silent. Indict enters the English language in around 1300 as endict or enditen to mean accuse of a crime, from the Latin  word indictare which means to declare, accuse or proclaim in writing. Indite means to compose, to write. Indite is an archaic …

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Anemic or anaemic

Anemic means suffering from anemia, a medical condition which consists of a lack of red blood cells, resulting in pallor and weakness. Anemic and anemia may also be used in a figurative sense, referring to something weak. Anemic and anemia are North American spellings, the British spellings are anaemic and anaemia. Anemia comes from the Greek word anaimia, which means lack of blood. The æ in anaemic and anaemia  is a Latin-derived letter that represents different sounds in different languages (and …

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Old-fashioned or old fashion

Old-fashioned is an adjective which describes something done in a style of times past or more suitable for times past. Old-fashioned may refer to dress, manners or customs that were more suitable to an earlier period of history. Old-fashioned may also refer to a conservative point of view. As a noun, an old-fashioned refers to an alcoholic beverage which contains whiskey, sugar, bitters and pieces of fruit. Occasionally one sees old fashioned without the hyphen, but dictionaries list old-fashioned with …

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Crueler or crueller, cruelest or cruellest

Crueler and cruelest are the comparative and superlative forms of the adjective cruel. Cruel describes someone or something that causes pain and suffering, with no empathy. Crueler and cruelest are the American English spellings, they derive from the Latin word crudelis which means rude, unfeeling, hard-hearted. Crueller and cruellest are the Canadian English and British English spellings of the comparative and superlative forms of the adjective cruel. Related words are cruelly, cruelty, cruelness, which are spelled the same way in …

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Appetizer vs appetiser

An appetizer is a small dish or drink ingested before a meal in order to stimulate the appetite. Appetizer is a noun formed from the word appetize, to make hungry. Appetizer is the North American spelling. 1820 Appetiser is the preferred British spelling. The American spelling of appetizer is also considered correct and is gaining acceptance around the world Appetizer and appetiser are examples of a group of words that are spelled with a “z” in American English and with …

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Randomize vs randomise

To randomize means to arrange items in an unpredictable, unsystematic order. Randomize was coined in 1926 by taking the adjective, random, and adding the suffix -ize to form a verb. Related words are randomizes, randomized, randomizing, randomization. Randomize is the preferred North American spelling, including Canada. The North American spelling is gaining acceptance around the world. Randomise is the preferred British spelling, related words are randomises, randomised, randomising and randomisation. Randomize and randomise are examples of a group of words …

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