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3 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: Naught -- Offal

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Aha, and you thought I wouldn’t keep up my end of the bargain to return to the Tuesday Tricksters for real, even though I told you last week I’d start putting these out again each week. · Well, here we are, once again realizing how terribly easy it is to write one word when we me ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: Principal? Principle?

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · I was “talking” on LI recently with someone I thought was a first-degree connection — he thought the same thing — but then he checked for some reason and asked to connect. And then we “talked.” · He (Tom Dietzler) wondered if I could help with two words — homophones — that he kep ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: News -- Night

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · The Tuesday Tricksters seem to be everyone’s favorite: five pairs/groups of words known as homophones that sound alike (or almost, anyway), but are spelled differently and mean something different.  · They’re the toughest words in English to use correctly, because it’s so easy to ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: Naval -- New

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · With all the possibile things to write about, sometimes I forget to put out a regular Tuesday Tricksters or Wednesday Words post! · So, here are a few more difficult-to-remember words, because they sound alike (or nearly so, anway), but don’t mean the same thing and are spelled d ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: Mustard -- Nark

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Tricksters, posts intended to help all writers of English remember that there are words called homophones that sound the same (or nearly so), but mean something different and are spelled differently. Spellcheck is useless with them, allowing ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: Helpful Hacks

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · For the last three years, I have posted on most Tuesdays about words that make many writers look bad: homophones. They’re the ones that sound like another word (or nearly, anyway), but are spelled differently and mean something different. If we’re not careful, any one of us can g ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters are Back! Morning-Musth

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's been a few months since my last Tuesday Tricksters post, and I'm not sure why I stopped posting this series. Because each post shows my readers words in English that are easy to misuse (no matter whether English is their first or fortieth language!), I know I want to keep it ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters: Mood -- Morn

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · So, how is YOUR week going? Was your Tuesday terrible -- or terrific? · Let's all vote for terrific, shall we? · (Yes, I wrote "was." I thought I had published this here on beBee yesterday, but I got caught up in some stuff and just plain forgot. Sorry! ) · And let's see how many ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Missal -- Mode

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · You thought I'd abandoned these, right? Nope. Not a prayer. Just got very busy the last couple of weeks. · But I'm baaaaaaack! · Using the correct words, to me, is the hallmark of good writing -- knowing the difference between you're and your, it's and its, and other homophones, ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Mil -- Minks

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It was a lazy, hazy, snowy morning here at the Grammar Goddess abode; the dogs were sleeping, and I was lazily gazing out through the snow-covered windows to the snow-covered trees, when suddenly I realized it's TUESDAY! Yikes. I hadn't posted my Tuesday Tricksters yet. · So, whi ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Mews -- Might

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's (its) another Tuesday, and time (thyme) to (too, two) (re)learn five more (moore) pairs (pears) of tricky words that can make even the best writers look not so smart. They're (their, there) known as homophones, words that sound the same but (butt) don't mean (mien) the same ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Medal -- Mewl

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · So here it is: the last day of February. How did this come on so quickly? · It's also a Tuesday, which means I have another chance to remind writers about an important fact: Spellcheck, for all its wonderfulness, does only one thing -- it checks spelling. It does not and cannot ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Me -- Meteor

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · So today is the day of love -- around the world. It's known as  St. Valentine's Day, at least here in the U.S. Love is in the air. Cupid is shooting his arrows, sometimes hitting the wrong people. Those who are not in relationships often pointedly ignore the whole darn thing! · I ...

5 years ago

Wednesday Words & Woes: "A" for Effort!

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Frequent readers of my blogs know that each Tuesday I publish a "Tuesday Tricksters" list of miserable words – known as homophones (words that sound the same, or nearly so) – because they're so easy to misuse. · Yesterday, one of my readers (Asesh Datta) asked if I could just rem ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Marten -- More

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Who hasn't written the wrong word, thinking one (won) that sounded like it was the right (rite) one? Learning English, with its (it's) homophones (words that sound alike or nearly so) can be (bee) really tough. This Tuesday Tricksters series is intended to (too, two) remind us al ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Mantel-Martial

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · And the words just keep coming, don't they? I doubt we'll ever run out of them, even if their power and/or trendiness change over time. · What doesn't change is writers everywhere using one (won) word when (wen) they might (mite) have (halve) meant another. The words that are the ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Main -- Manor

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's Tuesday, so it's time for more tricksters, words known as homophones that sound the same (or nearly so), but have different spellings and meanings. They're miserable to work with because if our brains and eyes are not connected to our fingers, our ears may win the battle of ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Loot -- Male

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · So it's Tuesday again, and time for another edition of Tuesday Tricksters, words (homophones) that sound like at least one other word (or nearly so), but have different spellings and meanings. They can crop up in any writer's articles, so I just hope everyone continues to remembe ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Loath -- Luce

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Well, we all made it through 2016, enjoyed our holidays, and are mostly back at work for the first time in 2017. · So with that in mind, I am continuing to post Tuesday Tricksters, mainly to remind my readers of the danger of blindly trusting spellcheck. Spellcheck's only job is ...

5 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters -- Links -- Lone

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's near the end of 2016, and I started sharing homophones (those nasty words that sound alike -- or nearly so) back in April 2015. I decided then to publish them in alphabetical order; otherwise, I'd go nuts trying to remember which ones I had worked on. I offer no more than fi ...

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