#4 — Common misused words
We type a single word. It’s spelled correctly. Microsoft Word isn’t flagging it either. It sounds right too! But I love that Disney fairy tail doesn’t quite sound right.
It can get more complicated than that.
There are long lists of words that we think we know but we don’t. Or we have a brain fart. We write them down only to realize they were wrong later. It’s something that everyone struggles with. But how do we deal with them?
One way I found is to have a list and go over them one by one while you’re editing. Take a day to search for every usage of those common misused words. You might find that you slipped up a few times. The more you work with them, the more you’re able to tell the difference.
Besides studying the common misused words or having a list of them, I’m not sure how else to find them.
They are so sneaky that even hearing yourself say them out loud wouldn’t help. Most of them sound right!
What are some of those common misused words? Here’s a list of some:
- Affect vs Effect
- Allusion vs Illusion
- Complement vs Compliment
- Et cetera vs Ex cetera
- Farther vs Further
- For all intents and purposes vs For all intensive purposes
- Lie vs Lay
- Peal vs Peel
- Principal vs Principle
- Supposedly vs Supposably
- Weak vs Week
- You and Me vs You and I
For me, I find the ones I struggle with first. Like I know ‘principal’ vs ‘principle’ well, but sometimes I still mess up on ‘affect’ vs ‘effect.’ So, I focus on the lather to improve my grammar.
If y’all want, I can try to see if I can make a super long list of them.
I hope this helps!