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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 25




MUCH DIFFERENTLY/VERY DIFFERENTLY

Say "We consistently vote very differently," not "much differently." But
you can say "My opinion doesn't much differ from yours."

NOT HARDLY/NOT AT ALL

"Not hardly" is slang, fine when you want to be casual--but in a formal
document? Not hardly!

PRACTICLE/PRACTICAL

Some words end in "-icle" and others in "-ical" without the result being
any difference in pronunciation. But when you want somebody really
practical, call on good old AL.

RESIGN/RE-SIGN

Athletes who renew their contracts re-sign with their teams (note the
hyphen). If they were to resign they would do the opposite--leave.

SELF-STEAM/SELF ESTEEM

If you bask in the sauna, you may self-steam. But the expression
labeling people's opinions of their own worth is "self-esteem."
"Self-esteem" is also sometimes misspelled "self of steam."

THEREFOR/THEREFORE

The form without a final "E" is an archaic bit of legal terminology
meaning "for." The word most people want is "therefore."

WORLD WIDE WEB

"World Wide Web" is a name thatsome of us feel needs to be capitalized,
like "Internet." It is made up of Web pages and Web sites (or, less
formally, Websites).

COLLAGE/COLLEGE
You can paste together bits of paper to make a collage, but the
institution of higher education is a college.

EXALT/EXULT

When you celebrate joyfully, you exult. When you raise something high
(even if only in your opinion), you exalt it. Neither word has an "H" in
it.

ANYTIME/ANY TIME
Though it is often compressed into a single word by analogy with
"anywhere" and similar words, "any time" is traditionally a two-word
phrase.




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