Tuesday Tricksters, Leak -- Leased
It's Tuesday, so here's another edition of Tricksters, those words that sound alike (or nearly so, anyway) and can make us writers look bad when we misuse them. Spellcheck will never help here; the words are spelled correctly, but used incorrectly.
Leak (n.): a breach that allows something to escape; (v.): to allow the escape, entry, or passage of something through a breach or flaw
Leek (n.): an edible plant related to the onion, with a white, slender bulb and flat, dark-green leaves
Lean (v.): to incline, bend, or rest on or against; to rely on for support; to have a preference for; (n.): without much fat
Lien (n.): a legal term for a claim on property as security to make sure someone repays money they’ve borrowed.