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Tuesday Tricksters: News -- Night

) 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

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 mistype one, read it, and say, yup. Fine. Your eyes may not realize that the word isn’t the one you meant.

And spellcheck doesn’t help at all! If you spell a word correctly -- even if you don’t use it correctly -- spellcheck will be happy.

You, on the other hand, might not be.

So, here for your continued learning pleasure are five more pairs of Tricksters!

News (n.): information
Gnus (n.): an African antelope, also known as a wildebeest

Nice (adj.): kind; friendly; helpful; pleasant
Gneiss (n.): a coarsegrained metamorphic rock resembling granite

Nicks (v.): present tense of the verb “to nick,” to slightly damage or dent
Nix (n.): a part-human water spirit in German mythology; (v.): to deny; to say no to

Nigh (adj.): close or direct
Nye (n.): a brood or flock of pheasants

Night (n.): the opposite of day
Knight (n.): an honorary title

Are any of these words new to you? I was completely unfamiliar with gneiss, and the definition of both nix and nye surprised me. I had no idea!


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Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #4

There were a few I never heard of, thanks Susan \ud83d\udc1d Rooks, the Grammar Goddess. They were just talking about Gnus on the news today! ;-)
These words were familiar to me, thanks to crossword puzzles. OMW! I love the bonus. Some of those words look like a complete sentence.

Lisa Vanderburg

4 years ago #2

Loved the bonus & buzz Susan \ud83d\udc1d Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! No newbies to me, but some Brits say 'Wednesday' and pronounce the first D followed by the N...quite hard to stifling a yawn :)

John Rylance

4 years ago #1

Nicks is what robbers do. He nicks jewellery. It is also what the police do. They nick criminals. Also the Police in all good!! crime films/ stories say when arresting someone "you're nicked" Well in the U K anyway.

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