A choice between coop or coup can be confusing because the words look similar, but they're neither spelled nor pronounced the same way.
Should it be faze or phase? The two words are pronounced the same way but they have very different meanings. So let's have a look at this pair.
Of the two words born or borne, the first one is usually well-understood. But the second one can be a bit more tricky. Here's how to tell the difference.
Should it be vain or vein? I thought borrowing a line from a famous Carly Simon song might help illustrate the difference between these two words.
Are you hearing bologna or baloney? Is that a bologna or baloney sandwich? Sometimes they're pronounced the same way, but sometimes they're not.
When choosing between away or aweigh, a writer is dealing with homophones: words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings.
How do you know whether someone is a vegan or vegetarian? For the longest time, I wrongly assumed they were interchangeable.
When choosing between allude or elude, it's easy to realize how simple differences between words can lead to big changes...
Should you use 'a while' or 'awhile'? Yes, the two look alike and have nearly the same definition, but they aren't interchangeable.
When choosing between all ready or already, you have to remember that while they look alike, they have very different meanings.
When choosing between troop or troupe, it's important to consider whether you're writing about the military or entertainers.
How do you know when something big and positive that happens should be called a boom or boon? The words are a lot closer than you think.
When something is on an axis, does it real or reel? Sometimes, it's easy to get tripped up by words that sound alike but are spelled differently.