Susan Rooks en Communications and journalism, beBee in English, Administrative The Grammar Goddess • Grammar Goddess Communication 11/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,8K

Tuesday Tricksters, Laager-Lade

Tuesday Tricksters, Laager-LadeHere's another edition of Tuesday Tricksters, all in an attempt to keep us sharp as we write in English (American English, anyway). These words defy spellcheck's ability to help writers, as they are REAL words, but too many times they're not the ones we meant. They sound the same (or almost, anyway), but their spelling is different and they mean something different.


Moral of the story: Do NOT trust spellcheck to know which word to use!


Laager (n.): a defensive encampment encircled by armored vehicles or wagons, especially by South African Boers

Lager (n.): a type of beer

Logger (n.): one who cuts trees; a lumberjack


Lac (n.): a resinous secretion of lac insects, used in making shellac; one hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India); also spelled lakh

Lack (n.): a shortage or deficiency; (v.): to be missing or insufficient (We lacked proof of his guilt.)


Laches (n.): Legal: failure to do the required thing at the proper time (e.g., inexcusable delay in enforcing a claim)

Latches (n.): fasteners; (v.): to fasten; to secure


Lacks (v.): does not have enough (He lacks enough money to buy the car.)

Lax (adj.): not careful; careless; not strict or rigid


Lade (v.): to fill or load (related to cargo or a shipment); to weigh down, oppress, or burden; to use a ladle or dipper (to lade water out of a tub, or into a cistern)

Laid (v.): to place or put something down (He laid the book on the table.)


Were any of these new to you? I had no idea about several, including laager, laches, or lade.  Now I have to hope I meet one or more in an upcoming crossword puzzle.

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Susan Rooks 12/10/2016 · #4

#2 I learned the same words, Franci Eugenia Hoffman! And sorry, Grammarly; it's in the dictionary.

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Susan Rooks 12/10/2016 · #3

#1 And I thank you for all that, David Grinberg! Coming from you, that's huge.

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman 12/10/2016 · #2

Thank you, Susan. I've never heard of laager or laches so I learned new words today. Grammarly is not happy with laager. :)

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David B. Grinberg 11/10/2016 · #1

Awesome as always, Susan! You continue to truly earn your esteemed designation of "The Grammar Goddess." I've shared in the following hives: "English" and "Communications and Journalism" and "Communications and Marketing."
Buzz on!

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