17 Words You Might Be Spelling Wrong
Their not that hard two remember
You already know how to pronounce those tricky words like meme and mauve, but what if you have to actually put pen to paper, or--more likely--finger to keyboard? That’s when homonyms, words that sound the same but are spelled differently (and mean different things), are tricky. Test your knowledge below.
1. Its and It’s
___ not OK to confuse homonyms.
Its is a possessive pronoun; it’s is a contraction of "it is."
2. Aide and Aid
My sister works as a teacher’s ___.
An aide is a person who assists; aid is a verb meaning "to assist."
3. Effect and Affect
Wait, the side ___ of Red Bull are what?!
An effect is a result; affect means "to change."
4. Altar and Alter
Don’t ___ your appearance for anyone else.
An altar is what’s at the front of a church; alter means "to change."
5. Principal and Principle
I’m not going to her party on ___ alone.
A principle is a fundamental truth; a principal is in charge of a school.
6. Bawling and Balling
I can’t make it through The Notebook without ___.
To bawl is to cry incessantly; a ball is what you use to play sports.
7. Bare and Bear
___ in mind, the decision isn’t final.
Bare means without clothing; bear as a noun is a big, scary animal and also used in phrases like “bear down” or “grin and bear it.”
8. Pique and Peak
That certainly does ___ my interest.
Pique means to stimulate or arouse; a peak is the top of a mountain.
9. Capitol and Capital
We’re making a quick trip to the ___ building this weekend.
Capitol is a center of government; capital is something very important and also the opposite of lowercase.
10. Canvass and Canvas
After a quick ___ of the neighborhood, the police left.
To canvass is to search thoroughly; a canvas is the cloth a painter paints on.
11. Compliment and Complement
Thank you so much for the ___. You’re too sweet.
A compliment is what someone gives you when they like your new haircut; a complement is something that goes well with another thing.
12. Stationary and Stationery
You know you’re an adult when you get personalized ___.
Stationary means staying still; stationery is what you write thank-you notes on.
13. Vain and Vein
In the same ___ as what Katie said…
Vain is what Carly Simon says you are; veins are what course through your body.
14. Incite and Insight
Not looking to ___ debate, but Instagram is way better than Facebook.
To incite is to provoke; to have insight is to have an understanding.
15. Hangar and Hanger
Just make sure to put the dress on the ___ when you get home.
Hangars store airplanes; hangers store clothes.
16. Lightning and Lightening
Did you see the crazy ___ last night?
Lightning strikes during a storm; lightening means making something lighter.
17. Overdue and Overdo
Remember freaking out about ___ books?
Overdue means "past deadline"; overdo is something done in excess.