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not sure if this covers what you are on about, but yesterday in one of my courses I wrote, "Ironed and fed neighbours cats". The reply I got was funny, it was only when I re-read I realised I should have put a "," in so "Ironed, and fed neighbours cats." Bit like Eats, shoots, and leaves, then.

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That's more grammatical than lingual, but yes, the same idea. "I do believe in commas, I do, I do!" `

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ELICIT = a verb. Means to evoke, to cause, to make people feel / do something. Feeeel -- starts with an e.

ILLICIT = Illegal, or borderline illegal. Dark side, red light, the evil side of the coin. It starts just like Illegal. *sagenod*

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I hope you don't mind if I add one here. These words don't sound exactly the same but with my hearing difficulty, my husband said one and I thought he said the other and it made me think of this thread:

abhorrent - inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.

aberrant - departing from an accepted standard.

The aberrant behavior indicated a serial killer with an abhorrent taste for blood.

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That would be an easy one to mix up. Abhorrent has "horr" from "horror" in it. So, it's disgusting enough to freak people out.
Aberrant, though, has err in it, which is to slide away from the normal. *shrug*

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You've just reminded me of one I've seen a couple of times, that I think is only a problem for people with certain accents:

CLAMOUR

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CLAMBER

I don't know if there's an obvious mnemonic here, but I suppose you could say people make a clamour about glamour?

In my accent, they aren't homophones :confusion-shrug: they are clam-uh and clam-buh. But in some accents they sound the same.

Completely random, but I just bought of a better (I think!) one:

You clamber over boulders, and clamour for more.

Also I've noticed a lot of its/it's recently.

it's = a contraction of 'it is' (and occasionally of 'it has'? I think? it's late and I'm tired and I'm only still awake because my ear hurts :'()

its = belonging to 'it'.

THESE ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE *tears hair out*

I'm sure I saw another one recently, but it has vanished from my head for the moment.

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Here's another one:

Make do. Make do.

You do not make due with anything (unless you're a teacher proctoring an exam).

I believe this one comes from German which uses both words sort of interchangeably. But it annoys the crap out of me. MAKE DO. You will make do with this sentence, because I'm too tired to make a better one.

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That's one that I would find most confusing if I read it. In British English, due and do just aren't homophonic. Do is said as in American English, give or take; due is homophonous with dew, "dyew".

I don't think I've ever seen 'make due'!

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flootzavut wrote:
I don't think I've ever seen 'make due'!


Oh, my god. I've seen it everywhere lately. Including teachers things. (Don't get me started on some of the teachers' grammar... Most of the time it's good, but once in a while, some of the syntax rules from Spanish can port over, and I just kind of cringe. Inwardly. Anyway. Off the point.)

I was reading along in a story and there were one or two other homophone errors ... which, in a multi-chapter story isn't a big thing, of course, and ... uh, "you'll just have to make due." Several paragraphs later, "Oh, we'll make due."

Kind of threw me.

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Ouch!

Like I say, as a Brit, those aren't homophones, so if I came across that I'd be doubly confused. The only homophone I can think of would make even less sense. If I come across it now, of course, I have an even chance of remembering due and do sound the same in American English, so fingers crossed I won't be too befuddled.

Or maybe I'll never come across it at all. I can but hope!

(I just initially wrote homophobe instead of homophone, either that or autocorrect did it for me, I'm not sure :rolleyes: :rofl:)

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Not a homophone, actually, but a mistake I've come across a few times recently is confusion between loath and loathe. (And I suspect that many people do say them as homophones and that's why they get written wrongly/as homonyms.)

Loathe - to hate or detest. Ends in a voiced th such as at the end of smooth. I loathe when people misuse words.

Loath - to be reluctant or unwilling. Ends in an unvoiced th such as in thin. I am loath to ignore grammar errors.

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The whole "make due" thing is very common. I just saw somebody make that error on Facebook the other day. She is a native American English (southern) speaker, and that is her only language. Probably just a mix-up because due/do/dew are pronounced the same.

I have to laugh at clamber/clamor, because I always seem to switch those up. When speaking quickly, I pronounce them the same.

And loath/loathe... huh! I never realized that. I pronounce them the same, but perhaps that's incorrect.

Clearly, I am no grammarian, but I like this thread.

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I suspect a lot of people say loath/loathe the same. Honestly, I'm not sure I know either word well enough to be absolutely sure if I say them correctly :th_uhoh2: I'm pretty sure I usually use loathe mostly in writing, and I pretty much never say loath. If I read them out deliberately I say them right, but that's because I know. I'm unconvinced this would hold out if I wasn't thinking about it, ya know?

Clamour/clamber confused the wotnot out of me when I first stumbled across it, because they're very dissimilar in my accent. I would pronounce the m in clamber, for starters, and also they're just rhythmically different due to that m - takes longer to say :rofl:

Same would likely happen with due/do/(dew). In my accent, due and dew have a distinct y sound, so confusing them with do is weird to me! It's doo versus dyoo, and those are hard to confuse ;)

(Strangely, I don't even have the same accent as my mum. For example, for me tour rhymes with bore, more, sore, but she says it kind of too-er, ish.)

... we should do one of those accent challenges for the board ;D

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flootzavut wrote:
I suspect a lot of people say loath/loathe the same. Honestly, I'm not sure I know either word well enough to be absolutely sure if I say them correctly :th_uhoh2: I'm pretty sure I usually use loathe mostly in writing, and I pretty much never say loath. If I read them out deliberately I say them right, but that's because I know. I'm unconvinced this would hold out if I wasn't thinking about it, ya know?


Loath or Loathe? Loath is an adjective meaning "unwilling." It ends with a hard th and rhymes with growth or both. Loathe is a verb meaning "to hate intensely."

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Yup, already said that - post above Chelsea's.

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Saw this and thought of this thread, so enjoy. http://mentalfloss.com/article/85623/20-more-word-usage-mistakes-even-smart-people-make

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What?? "Alright" isn't a word? I've been living a lie.

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I had alright beaten out of me (not literally...) as a youngster, and so now it makes me cringe :rofl:

Most of those are not things I usually have an issue with *touch wood* but I've definitely seen a few of them around. Conscious/conscience is one that makes me wince. Whose/who's is one I see depressingly often.

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http://grammarist.com/usage/immanent-imminent-eminent/

One that I've seen a few times recently... I have no good ideas for mnemonics just yet...

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I had one yesterday in work. Doc dictated, "They are building a custom house."

The transcriptionist had put in, "They are building accustom house."

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Not a lot of homophones here, but some near homophones, and just seemed like an appropriate place for an interesting article!

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... ting-wrong

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One I've seen way too often recently.

sleight of hand = Penn and Teller
slight of hand = Donald Trump

They are not the same thing!

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