60 Words We Frequently Confuse

60 words

stationary

stationery

Fixed in a spot

Materials, such as paper

affect

effect

To act upon or make a difference to

The result of an action

whether

weather

Expressing a choice between alternatives

The state of the atmosphere at a place and time

everyday

every day

Encountered routinely

The set time at which something occurs or is encountered

minor

miner

Inferior in importance or degree

One who digs in the ground

pedal

peddle

A foot lever by which a mechanism is activated

To travel with wares for sale

navel

naval

Bellybutton

Pertaining to ships or shipping

accept

except

To willingly receive

To omit or exclude

farther

further

Used to describe a measurable distance

Used to describe a broad generalized comparison

figuratively

literally

Metaphorically

This actually happened

few

less

Describes countable nouns

Describes uncounted nouns

may

might

Expresses permission

Implies possibility over permission

capitol

capital

A specific building where government officials meet

Wealth; or the most important city in a region

lightning

lightening

Flashes of electricity during a storm

To light up

complement

compliment

A thing that completes another thing

To communicate admiration

illusion

allusion

A mistaken belief

A reference

flaunt

flout

To show off

To communicate a dislike for someone or something

emigrate

immigrate

Leaving a place

Coming to a place

flare

flair

A sudden blaze of fire

Style, skill, talent

inflammable

flammable

Easily caught on fire

Easily caught on fire

ordinance

ordnance

A rule or law

Military artillery

spade

spayed

A tool for digging

Remove the ovaries of an animal

wither

whither

To fade away; shrivel

To what place? Where?

insight

incite

Capacity for gaining understanding

To stir up or encourage

allude

elude

To refer to casually or indirectly

To avoid or escape through cleverness

historic

historical

Famous or important in history

Having the character of history

counsel

council

Advice

Assembly

eminent

imminent

High in rank or importance

Likely to occur at any moment

click

clique

A sharp and short sound

A small group of people with shared interests

prostrate

prostate

To lie face down on the ground in submission or humility

Of or pertaining to the prostate gland

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