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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 19

MISCHIEVIOUS/MISCHIEVOUS

The correct pronunciation of this word is "MISS-chuh-vuss," not
"miss-CHEE-vee-uss." Don't let that mischievous extra "I" sneak into the
word.


NAVAL/NAVEL

Your belly button is your navel, and navel oranges look like they have
one; all terms having to do with ships and sailing require "naval."

ON THE LAMB/ON THE LAM

When a criminal hides out, he's on the lam. He wouldn't get far on a
lamb.

PRAY/PREY

If you want a miracle, pray to God. If you're a criminal, you prey on
your victims. Incidentally, it's "praying mantis," not "preying mantis."
The insect holds its forefeet in a position suggesting prayer.

STATIONARY/STATIONERY

When something is standing still, it's stationary. That piece of paper
you write a letter on is stationery. Let the "E" in "stationery" remind
you of "envelope."

TIMBER/TIMBRE

You can build a house out of timber, but that quality which
distinguishes the sound produced by one instrument or voice from others
is timbre, so the common expression is "vocal timbre."

UPTO/UP TO

Not upto alot lately? You might use some of your spare time memorizing
the fact that "up to" is a two-word phrase, as is "a lot."

VOLUMN/VOLUME

There are a few unusual words in English when ending in "MN" in which
the "N" is silent, such as "hymn" and "column," but "volume" is not one
of them.

WHIP CREAM/WHIPPED CREAM

You whip cream until it becomes whipped cream; and that's what you
should write on the menu.




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