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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 9


Although "old fashion" appears in advertising a good deal, the
traditional spelling is "old-fashioned."


Bells and thunderclaps peal out, but if your car "lays down rubber" in a
squealing departure, the expression is "peel out" because you are
literally peeling a layer of rubber off your tires.


To raze a building is to demolish it so thoroughly that it looks like
it's been scraped right off the ground with a razor. To raise a building
is just the opposite: to erect it from the ground up.


You say "Hello, Mr. Chips" to the teacher, and then tell him about what
you did last summer. You can't "tell that" except in expressions like
"go tell that to your old girlfriend."


A throne is that chair a king sits on, at least until he gets thrown out
of office.


"Upmost" can mean "uppermost," referring to something on top. But
usually this word is a mistake for "utmost," meaning "most extreme."
"Utmost" is related to words like "utter," as in "The birthday party was
utter chaos."


A decorative hanging cloth is a valance. Unless you are a chemist or
someone else dealing with the technical aspects of combining things
you're unlikely to have a need for the word "valence."


In some dialects it's common to say "you've got a ways to go before
you've saved enough to buy a Miata," but in standard English it's "a way
to go."


The yellow center of an egg is its yolk. The link that holds two oxen
together is a yoke; they are yoked.


If you pay for something, you've bought it; if you bring something
you've brought it. These two words are probably interchanged most often
out of mere carelessness. A spelling checker won't catch the switch, so
watch out for it.

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