Calendar and colander are 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 or have almost different meanings; they may be homophones, homonyms, heteronyms, words that have a similar spelling, or words that have a similar meaning. Confusables often confound native speakers of English, and they may be difficult for ESL students and those learning English to understand. Confusables are misspelled, misused words and may be nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, or any other part of speech. Spelling rules in English are not dependable; there are many exceptions. Often, the best procedure for learning commonly misused words and commonly confused words in English is to make word lists of English words for the learner to study to understand the difference in spelling. A spell checker will rarely find this type of mistake in English vocabulary, so do not rely on spell check but instead, learn to spell and learn the definitions of words. Even a participant in a spelling bee like the National Spelling Bee will ask for an example of a confusable in a sentence, so that she understands which word she is to spell by using context clues. Confusables are often used in wordplay like puns. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables calendar and colander, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.
A calendar is a system of dividing a year into days, weeks, and months. Calendars often note important dates like holidays. Calendar may also mean an itinerary of particular days that are important to a person, company, or institution. In North America, calendar may also refer to a datebook in which someone keeps a schedule of meetings, deadlines, and other important items and events he must remember. The word calendar is derived from the Latin word, calendarium, which means an account book.
A colander is a bowl with holes in it that acts as a sieve to drain food or rinse food. The word colander is derived from the Latin word, colare, which means to strain.
Now you’ll just have to decide whether to keep these gorgeous advent calendars for yourself or gift them to someone special this holiday season. (People Magazine)
The BioCalendar was created to be the comprehensive calendar and guide for healthcare and life science industry event attendees worldwide, and also to enable event organizers to dramatically increase the awareness of their productions, whether it’s a multiday partnering conference attracting thousands or a simple, hour-long meeting of research teams. (The Odessa American)
Water drains through the colander down into the bowl before the woman swings the bowl to one side, tipping water into the sink while the colander stays in place. (The Daily Mail)
Colanders are typically made of a lightweight metal—or sometimes plastic, ceramic or enamelware—and are perforated and bowl-like. (The Robb Report)