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!
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.
Athletes who renew their contracts re-sign with their teams (note the
hyphen). If they were to resign they would do the opposite--leave.
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."
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" 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
You can paste together bits of paper to make a collage, but the
institution of higher education is a college.
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
Though it is often compressed into a single word by analogy with
"anywhere" and similar words, "any time" is traditionally a two-word
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