Susan Rooks en Directors and Executives, Administrative The Grammar Goddess • Grammar Goddess Communication 4/10/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 1,6K

Tuesday Tricksters, October 4, Knot-Koi

Tuesday Tricksters, October 4, Knot-Koi

Here we go again! Another episode featuring those tricky words in English that can make any writer look bad.

Homophones are words that sound alike -- or nearly so -- but are spelled differently and mean something different. Even the best writers can make an error if they're not watching closely, especially if they're trusting spellcheck.

Let's all remember that spellcheck does one thing, and one thing only: it corrects spelling. It does not and probably never will correct usage. That's the writer's job. We need to be alert, so we look and sound as smart as we are.


Knot (n.): a securely tied up string or ribbon; a place where a tree limb joins the trunk; a cross-grained circular part on some boards; or a unit of sped of one nautical mile; (v.): to tie up securely

Naught (n.): nonexistence; nothingness; the figure 0; a cipher; a zero; (pron.): nothing: All their work was for naught.

Not (adv.): in no way; to no degree; used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition: I will not go. You may not have any.

Know (v.): to understand; to be familiar with

No (adv.): the opposite of yes; used to express denial or negation; (inter.): to express disbelief or refusal: No! I will not do that!

Knows (v.): understands

Noes (n.): plural of no: How many yesses and how many noes did we have?

Nose (n.): the part of the face used for breathing and smelling odors; (v.): to poke into things (to nose around); to find by using the sense of smell

Kohl (n.): a dark powder used as eye makeup, especially in Eastern countries

Coal (v.): a dark brown to black graphitelike material used as a fuel

Cole (n): cabbage; a plant of the Brassica genus (rape and coleseed)

Koi (n.): a large, colorful variety of carp (Cyprinus carpio) bred mostly in Japan for display in ornamental ponds

Coy (adj.): affecting innocence or shyness, esp. in a playful or coquettish manner

(You can find more definitions of these words at

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Tuesday Tricksters, October 4, Knot-Koi

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Susan Rooks 6/10/2016 · #7

Thank you so much, @Milos Djukic, for sharing my post in Fractals Forever! I really appreciate it!

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Susan Rooks 4/10/2016 · #6

@Neil Smith, thanks so much for sharing my post! I really appreciate it.

Susan Rooks 4/10/2016 · #5

#3 Thanks so much for sharing this post, Fatima Williams! I really appreciate it!

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Alexa Steele 4/10/2016 · #4

#2 Oh yeah! Cole slaw. Though I think I hear people shorten it to just "slaw." Thanks for the vocabulary words!

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🐝 Fatima Williams 4/10/2016 · #3

Koi and cole both new to me. Love them as always

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Susan Rooks 4/10/2016 · #2

#1 I knew kohl, Alexa Steele, but I had to think for a second about cole (cole slaw). To me, naught and thought rhyme, just as they both do with not and knot. Yes. I'm sure it's a matter of accent; we have a very wide variety of "English" accents world-wide!

I remember being in South Africa about 20 years ago, and someone mentioned a controversy. He pronounced it "con-TROV-ersy" and I had NO idea what he meant for a few seconds. I pronounce it "CON-tro-versy," which is very different! We had a good laugh over it.

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Alexa Steele 4/10/2016 · #1

Interesting. I've never heard of kohl or cole. I also don't pronounce naught like not (or knot). Instead, it rhymes with thought. Is that just a matter of accent/dialect?

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