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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 11


A koala is not a bear. People who know their marsupials refer to them
simply as "koalas."  Recent research, however, indicates that pandas are
related to other bears.


Except in the expression "latter-day" (modern), the word "latter"
usually refers back to the last-mentioned of a set of alternatives. "We
gave the kids a choice of a vacation in Paris, Rome, or Disney World. Of
course the latter was their choice." In other contexts not referring
back to such a list, the word you want is "later."
Conservatives prefer to reserve "latter" for the last-named of no more
than two items.


If you are trying to make people behave properly, you are policing their
morals; if you are just trying to keep their spirits up, you are trying
to maintain their morale. "Moral" is accented on the first syllable,
"morale" on the second.


Although some dictionaries list "nickle" as an alternative spelling, by
far the more common and more widely accepted spelling is "nickel."


You can meet on Monday or on the 21st of March, but it's an error to say
"on tomorrow," "on yesterday" or "on today" Just leave "on" out (except,
of course, in phrases like "let's meet later on today" using the phrase
"later on").


Your "palate" is the roof of your mouth, and by extension, your sense of
taste. A "palette" is the flat board an artist mixes paint on (or by
extension, a range of colors). A "pallet" is either a bed (now rare) or
a flat platform onto which goods are loaded.


If you're standing in a queue you'll have plenty of time to ponder the
unusual spelling of this word. Remember, it contains two "U's."


Business English is deadly enough without scrambling it. "As regards
your downsizing plan . . ." is acceptable, if stiff. "In regard to" "and
"with regard to" are also correct. But "in regards to" is nonstandard.
You can also convey the same idea with "in respect to" or "with respect


In some dialects, "sandwich" is pronounced "samwich." In standard
English the first syllable is pronounced exactly the way it's spelled,
like the word for sand at a beach.


When your baby's teeth are just beginning to come in, you can say she
has begun to "teethe" (rhymes with "breathe"). Don't spell this verb
form as "teeth" (rhymes with "wreath"). That's the noun form, the word
for what emerges during teething.

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