Susan Rooks en Professions, Workers, Careers, Human Resources, English The Grammar Goddess • Grammar Goddess Communication 29/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 1,3K

Tuesday Tricksters, Leave -- Lesson

Tuesday Tricksters, Leave -- Lesson

It's (Its) time (thyme) again for Tuesday Tricksters! It's a quick peek (peak/pique) at some (sum) words that sound the same but (butt/butte) are not (knot/naught) the same! They have different meanings and different spellings.

Smart writers remember that spellcheck is useless with them; spellcheck's job is to correct spelling, not usage. Smart writers -- that's you, right? -- read what they've written. Carefully. If they're not sure about something, they find someone else to read it. Yes, four eyes (maybe six or eight) are often far better than just two.

So (sew/sough/sow) here (hear) for (fore/four) your (you're) enjoyment and learning are five more (moor) pairs (pears) of words.

  • Leave (v.): to go away; (n.): a time of being away (she's away on leave)
  • Lieve (n.): the lower edge of a garment (a hem); Dutch word meaning "dear"

  • Leaven (v.): to add a rising agent to dough; (n.): any agent used to make dough rise or to have a similar effect on baked goods
  • Levin (n.) a last name; (archaic) a bolt of lightning; a bright flame or light

  • Leaver (n.): someone who leaves, who goes away
  • Lever (n.): a bar used as a pry; a means to an end; (v.): to use a bar to pry something up or open

  • Less (adj.): not as much as (John has less money than Bill does.); (adv.): to a smaller degree or amount (The movie was less interesting than I expected.); (n.): a smaller amount (Sarah used less of the flour than I did.)
  • Loess (n.): a very rich, fine-grained, yellowish-brown loam of silt or clay that is deposited by the wind

  • Lessen (v.): to decrease; to reduce; to minimize (to lessen one's burdens)
  • Lesson (n.): something learned

What do you think of these words? Are any of them new to you? I had no idea about lieve, levin, or loess! I'm not sure if I'll ever need any of those, but it's always interesting to realize how many words are real that I never heard of.

And for more definitions of these and other words, check out, which contains definitions from four or five dictionaries, so you can find ones that make sense to you.


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Lisa 🐝 Gallagher 1/12/2016 · #10

#9 haha @Susan Rooks, I just re-read my comment and my sentence wasn't structured properly. It was supposed to read, "I always type Neice wrong." I usually type Niece. Ok, why isn't grammarly telling me I typed it wrong? It underlined grammarly because I didn't capitalize the word. Now, I'm confused.. neice or niece? And I have been known to type "I have an an apple I need to eat, " well not really the apple part LOL! Occasionally I get things right. I almost missed the typo you shared ;-)

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Susan Rooks 30/11/2016 · #9

#8 @Lisa Gallagher, I cannot for the life of me type occassionally right -- oh, snap. There I go again! To me, it looks fine with either two c's or two s's. And there's no spellcheck here to help me. Ocassionally? Occasionally? Yeah, the second one, I think.

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Lisa 🐝 Gallagher 30/11/2016 · #8

Great one's @Susan Rooks! I don't get those confused but one that comes to mind and I know better... I mix up effect and affect if I'm typing too fast. And, I know this has nothing to do with your post but one word I ALWAYS type wrong, Neice! I swear I'm dyslexic at times.

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Susan Rooks 30/11/2016 · #6

#3 It's my pleasure, @Elizabeth Bailey!

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Susan Rooks 30/11/2016 · #5

#4 Thanks for letting me know that, @David B. Grinberg! I cannot figure out how to see exactly who has shared my posts unless they tell me. And I do like to say thanks, but if I don't know who . . . how? Anyway, thanks for your continued support, here and on LI!

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David B. Grinberg 30/11/2016 · #4

Exemplary advice, as always, Susan. I have shared on three hives. Keep buzzing!

Elizabeth Bailey 29/11/2016 · #3

Such great words and good reminders @Susan Rooks thank you for sharing.

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