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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 16


Do you find beer nuts "addicting" or "addictive"? "Addicting" is a
perfectly legitimate word, but much less common than "addictive," and
some people will scowl at you if you use it.


Whether you are referring to the Jewish Bible (the Torah plus the
Prophets and the Writings) or the Protestant Bible (the Jewish Bible
plus the New Testament), the word "Bible" must be capitalized. Remember  
 that it is the title of a book, and book titles are normally capitalized. An oddity in English usage is, however, that "Bible" and the names of the various parts of the
 Bible are not italicized or placed between quotation marks.


Most people are comfortable referring to "caring parents," but speaking
of a "caring environment" is jargon, not acceptable in formal English.
The environment may contain caring people, but it does not itself do the


The standard past tense of "deal" is not "dealed" but "dealt." The only
exception is the rhyming expression "wheeled and dealed," which is not
formal English.


"Etc." is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase et cetera, meaning "and
the rest." ("Et" means "and" in French too.) Just say "et cetera" out
loud to yourself to remind yourself of the correct order of the "T" and
"C." Also to be avoided is the common mispronunciation "excetera." "And
etc." is a redundancy.


There are just two syllables in "grievous," and it's pronounced


If you're reporting on traffic conditions, it's redundant to say
"heading northbound on I-5." it's either "heading north" or


The only time you should spell "let's" with an apostrophe is when it
means "let us": "Let's go to the mall."
If the word you want means "allows" or "permits," no apostrophe should
be used: "My mom lets me use her car if I fill the tank."


Children are minors, but unless they are violating child-labor laws,
those who work in mines are miners.


"Nicety" is a noun meaning "fine detail" and is usually used in the
plural. You may observe the niceties of etiquette or of English grammar.
It is not a word describing someone who is nice. That is "niceness."

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