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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 21


MARSHALL/MARSHAL

You may write "the Field Marshal marshalled his troops," but you cannot
spell his title with a double "L." A marshal is always a marshal, never
a marshall.

NEW LEASE OF LIFE/NEW LEASE ON LIFE

Reinvigorated people are traditionally said to have been granted not a
"new lease of life" but a "new lease on life." After all, you take out a
lease on a house, right? Same thing.

ONCE AND A WHILE/ONCE IN A WHILE

The expression is "once in a while."


PHENOMENA/PHENOMENON

There are several words with Latin or Greek roots whose plural forms
ending in "A" are constantly mistaken for singular ones. See, for
instance, "criteria" and "media" and "data." it's "this phenomenon," but
"these phenomena."

ROLE/ROLL

An actor plays a role. Bill Gates is the entrepreneur's role model. But
you eat a sausage on a roll and roll out the barrel. To take attendance,
you call the roll.

SHONE/SHOWN

"Shone" is the past tense of "shine": "long after sunset, the moon still
shone brightly in the sky."
"Shown" is a past participle of "show": "foreign films are rarely shown
at our local theater."

THOUGH/THOUGHT/THROUGH

Although most of us know the differences between these words people
often type one of them when they mean another. Spelling checkers won't
catch this sort of slip, so look out for it.

USED TO COULD/USED TO BE ABLE

"I used to could lift a hay-bale with my teeth," says Jeb, meaning "I
used to be able to."

VINTAGE POINT/VANTAGE POINT

The spot from which you have a good view is a vantage point.

WEINER/WIENER

The Vienna sausage from the city the Austrians call Wien inspired the
American hot dog, or wiener. Americans aren't used to the European
pronunciation of IE as "ee" and often misspell the word as "weiner."







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