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


If you drive too fast, you exceed the speed limit. "Accede" is a much
rarer word meaning "give in," "agree."


In informal speech "bad" is sometimes used as an adverb: "the toilet was
leaking pretty bad" or "my arm hurt so bad I thought it was broken." In
formal writing, "badly" is preferred in both contexts.


"Calvary," always capitalized, is the hill on which Jesus was crucified.
It means "hill of skulls." Soldiers mounted on horseback are cavalry.


In casual speech, we say "it depends who plays the best defense," but in
writing follow "depends" with "on."


Something is economical if it saves you money; but if you're talking
about the effect of some measure on the world's economy, it's an
economic effect.


Few people pronounce the first R in "February" distinctly, so it is not
surprising that it is often omitted in spelling. This poor month is
short on days; don't further impoverish it by robbing it of one of its


Conservatives are annoyed by the use of "gift" as a verb. If the ad says
"gift her with jewelry this Valentine's Day," she might prefer that you
give it to her.


These two words overlap somewhat, but usually the word you want is
"hearty." The standard expressions are "a hearty appetite," "a hearty
meal," a "hearty handshake," "a hearty welcome," and "hearty applause."
Something difficult to kill is described as a "hardy perennial," but
should not be substituted for "hearty" in the other expressions. "Party
hearty" and "party hardy" are both common renderings of a common youth
saying, but the first makes more sense.


People conjure up visions of themselves as upgradable robots when they
write things like "My Aunt Tillie tried to install the spirit of giving
in my heart." The word they are searching for is "instill." You install
equipment, you instill feelings or attitudes.


The only common use for the word "jamb" is to label the vertical part of
the frame of a door or window. It comes from the French word for "leg";
think of the two side pieces of the frame as legs on either side of the
For all other uses, it's "jam": stuck in a jam, traffic jam, logjam, jam
session, etc.

Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 10 Reviewed by Nancy Tamil on 7:00:00 PM Rating: 5

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