Friday, September 23, 2011

Homophones driving me crazy!

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Now I am not talking about obscenities here...I am talking about words that Chrome and Firefox spell check can't figure out...the ones that leave me looking very foolish.  See I don't have an editor and in the world of blogging, posts need to be put up frequently or you lose (or is that loose) interest.   I have a list of those words that are in fact misspelled when used in one context and perfectly alright in another.  When they are pronounced they sound the same.   In the English teacher's world those words are called homophones and there is actually a website you can look at to get a better picture of how many there are.  Evidently the computer does not know one homophone from the other.  Here are a few of my problem words:
Shouldn't that be plums? (see, I'm not the only one!)
  • plumb
  • plum
  • lose
  • loose
  • dessert
  • desert
  • close
  • clothes
  • choose
  • chose
  • choice
  • accept
  • except
  • four
  • for
  • in
  • inn
  • to
  • too
  • yah
  • yeah
  • yea
  • yay
  • ya
  • all ready
  • already
  • belligerence
  • belligerents
  • there
  • their
OK, you get the drift.  It seems that my finger do the walking but my brain is about seven steps ahead and my eyes are seeing what I will be writing rather that what is actually on the page.  When I do my spell check, the checkerizer just takes one look and thinks it is such a mess it cannot be fixed...or at least that is what I think it does.  I might add I am a little confused by proper nouns, homonyms and prepositional phrases.  Then there is there any hope?  Sigh!

What are the words that you misspell the most often?  Just a little brain teaser for this Friday!


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