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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 13


When you mean "each" the expression is "apiece": these pizzas are really
cheap--only ten dollars apiece." But when "piece" actually refers to a
piece of something, the required two-word expression is "a piece ":
"This pizza is really expensive--they sell it by the slice for ten
dollars a piece."


The thing itself is a two-word phrase: you grow vegetables in your back
yard. The adjective form that describes the location of something behind
your house is a single word: you have a backyard vegetable garden.


Heavy cloth, whether in the frame of a painting or on the floor of a
boxing ring, is canvas, with one S.
To survey ballots or voters is to canvass them, with two S's.


If you are deprived of your rights you are denied them, but that's no
reason to confuse these two expressions with each other. You can't be
"denied of" anything.


To wrap something up in a covering is to envelop it (pronounced
"enVELLup"). The specific wrapping you put around a letter is an
envelope (pronounced variously, but with the accent on the first


"Fastly" is an old form that has died out in English. Interest in soccer
is growing fast, not "fastly."


"Gray" is the American spelling, "grey" the British spelling of this
color/colour. When it's part of a British name--like Tarzan's title,
"Lord Greystoke"--or part of a place name--like "Greyfriars"--it should
retain its original spelling even if an American is doing the writing.


The period when something is in its prime is its "heyday." Your spelling
checker should catch it if you misspell this word "hayday," but if you
write "hay day," it won't.


A person can be ignorant (not knowing some fact or idea) without being
stupid (incapable of learning because of a basic mental deficiency). And
those who say, "That's an ignorant idea" when they mean "stupid idea"
are expressing their own ignorance.


Often mispronounced "joolereee." To remember the standard pronunciation,
just say "jewel" and add "-ree" on the end. The British spelling is much
fancier: "jewellery."

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