Information: Those Tricky Homophones
A while back I started collecting examples of spelling errors resulting from words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings. Words that sound the same are called homophones, and there seems to be an unlimited supply. Here are some new ones.
- Bare vs. bear: A bear is a large scary animal. We try to bear one another’s burdens or bear the brunt. To bare something is to uncover it.
- Rite vs. right: A rite is a ceremonial practice. Right, used as a noun, is “a just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral.”
- Faze vs. phase: To say that someone is not fazed means he or she is not bothered. A phase is “a stage in a process of change or development.”
Believe it or not, I saw all of the above examples in print or online. And these errors were made by people who call themselves writers. Avoid these problems by looking up spellings that you’re not sure about.
Inspiration: What About Failure?
We all want to succeed in our writing. Success usually means getting published. But what if it just doesn’t happen for you. Will you call yourself a failure and give up?
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C. S. Lewis
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
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