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Tuesday Tricksters, Missal -- Mode

Tuesday Tricksters, Missal -- Mode

) 7 SOW die


worst / wurst


oir Somes het / tM "Quince / quints  &

flew / flu / fue Breath / breathe / breadth 8

ind alike

iffe 5 [ore [or
have different spelling Da
have different Pigs chute / shoot
counsel / council
[OO its [its 7
dae genes / jeans
397 gifted / gui sold / 50d
team / teem ay guik / 80!
3 your /
assistance / assistants ike clause / claws


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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