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Tuesday Tricksters, Missal -- Mode

Tuesday Tricksters, Missal -- Mode

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have different Pigs chute / shoot
counsel / council
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dae genes / jeans
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team / teem ay guik / 80!
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cents / sense

sent / scent
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, words that sound the same (or nearly so), but don't mean the same thing and are spelled differently. These words cannot be used interchangeably, although many writers forget that. Each means what it means, and that's something we all need to remember.

Today's post is brought to you by five pairs of "m" words:


Missal (n.): a prayer book

Missile (n.): something that's able to be launched, fired, or shot into the air or at a target


Missed (v.): past tense of "to miss" (John missed the meeting yesterday.)

Mist (n.): tiny water droplets/water vapor in the air; (v.): to spray tiny water droplets


Moan (v.): to groan; to make a sad noise, often due to pain

Mown (n.) past participle "to mow" (She has mown the lawn all summer!)


Moat (n.): a deep, water-filled trench, often used for defense around a castle

Mote (n.) a tiny speck or particle


Mode (n.): a way of doing something

Mowed (v.): past tense of "to mow" (She mowed the lawn all summer!)


Were any of these new to you? It's the first time in a while I actually knew them all!

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And thanks for the fun reply, Praveen Raj Gullepalli! Love it!
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