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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 24


ATM machine/ATM

"ATM" means "Automated Teller Machine," so if you say "ATM machine" you
are really saying "Automated Teller Machine machine."

BREATH/BREATHE

When you need to breathe, you take a breath. "Breathe" is the verb,
"breath" the noun.

COARSE/COURSE

"Coarse" is always an adjective meaning "rough, crude." Unfortunately,
this spelling is often mistakenly used for a quite different word,
"course," which can be either a verb or a noun (with several different
meanings).

DYEING/DYING

If you are using dye to change your favorite t-shirt from white to blue
you are dyeing it, but if you don't breathe for so long that your face
turns blue, you may be dying.

ENTOMOLOGY/ETYMOLOGY

Entomology is the study of insects, like ants ("ant" looks like "ent-")
but etymology is the study of the history of words (from Greek,
originally meaning "the true meaning of words").

FLAIR/FLARE

"Flair" is conspicuous talent: "She has a flair for organization."
"Flare" is either a noun meaning "flame" or a verb meaning to blaze with
light or to burst into anger.

GREATFUL/GRATEFUL

Your appreciation may be great, but you express gratitude by being
grateful.

HOW COME/WHY

"How come?" is a common question in casual speech, but in formal
contexts use "why?"

INCIDENTLY/INCIDENTALLY

"Incidently" is an unusual spelling of "incidentally" that will be
considered a spelling error by spelling checkers and by many people.

LOSER/LOOSER

A person who's a failure is a loser, often a "real loser." If something
is loosened, it becomes looser.


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