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Extortion vs. Blackmail

Do you know the difference between blackmail and extortion? Unless you are a mafia enforcer, the difference probably isn’t germane to your everyday life, but you might still need to know the difference so that when someone else commits one of these...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Explicit vs. Implicit

There are many words in English that despite having very similar sounds have completely different meanings. This can lead to confusion and usage problems for native and non-native speakers alike, and the words implicit vs. explicit are no exception t...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Access vs. Excess

English can be a confusing language—for native and non-native speakers alike. Many words that have completely different meanings are both spelled and pronounced very similarly. The words access and excess are good examples of just how confusing cer...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Evoke vs. Invoke

While these two words aren’t quite homophones or homonyms, they still sound similar enough to cause some confusion—especially since we don’t use them on a daily basis. So what exactly the difference is between evoke and invoke? In this post, we...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Race vs. Ethnicity

There are few situations where word choice matters more than in discussions of race and ethnicity. Such topics are often politically-charged minefields of taut emotions and flared tempers. Even small mistakes can be distracting and even unintentional...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Ethics vs. Morals

In today’s world, which often seems lawless and relativistic, the difference between ethics and morals might seem like splitting hairs, especially since no one seems concerned with either of them. Nonetheless, you can be the last bastion of upright...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Jealousy vs. Envy

There are many words in English that have very similar definitions–so similar that it’s difficult to tell some of these words apart at times. Jealousy and envy are two such words. Oftentimes, people treat these words as synonyms, but do they have...

added by angbeenc
4 hours ago

Enrol vs. Enroll

Enrol vs. EnrollThere are many spelling differences between American and British English. One involves the doubling of consonants before suffixing. The British are much more likely to do so than their American counterparts, but enrol and enroll are a...

added by acronimous
2 days ago

Emphasize vs. Emphasise

Throughout your writing career, you will need to highlight important points and focus on the most salient aspects of the topic of your writing. Strong writing emphasizes important things and spends less time on less important things. But should this ...

added by angbeenc
2 days ago

Encase vs. Incase

If you have done any significant amount of reading in English, you will notice that some verbs involving placing things inside other things begin with the prefix en-, while others begin with in-. There is no single rule for deciding which word gets w...

added by angbeenc
2 days ago

Endeavor vs. Endeavour

History is replete with heroes and would-be heroes going to extraordinary lengths to achieve lofty goals. Many of them did not actually succeed, but their travails have been recorded as a monument to human determination and ingenuity. In English, we ...

added by angbeenc
7 days ago

Entitled vs. Titled

There is a lot of information floating around about these two words. Are they both the same? Is one wrong to use? Is one more preferred than the other? There’s no need to worry, however. Once you know the functions of each word, using entitled vs. ...

added by angbeenc
7 days ago

Envision vs. Invision

As languages evolve, spelling conventions change and some words that used to be correct become mistakes. Most writers no longer spell jail as gaol, for instance, even though this spelling used to be predominant. The word envision is the same way. A l...

added by angbeenc
7 days ago

Endemic vs. Epidemic

If you are a researcher for the World Health Organization, you will need to know how to describe the various diseases and populations that you study. Two words that describe diseases, endemic and epidemic, may seem similar, but they are actually two ...

added by angbeenc
7 days ago

Either vs. Neither

Despite being just a single letter apart from each other, the two words either vs. neither have completely opposite meanings. This underscores just how important it is to use the correct word, since failing to do so could drastically change the meani...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

Allude vs. Elude

Another set of words I get asked about frequently is the difference between allude and elude. Even though these two words aren’t a set of homophones, they’re still tough to tell apart. They are relatively similar in their spelling, both sharing t...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

E.g. vs. I.e.

I.e. and e.g. are two different abbreviations that many writers get confused, but, once you understand what each abbreviation means, they aren’t difficult to manage at all.In this post, we will go through the differences between the two, mention a ...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

Embed vs. Imbed

English is rife with words that are spelled almost the same but mean completely different things. Much less common in English are words that are spelled slightly differently but still have the same meaning. Imbed and embed belong is this second categ...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

Empathic vs. Empathetic

The English language has evolved over the centuries. It incorporates new words, and phases old words out of common use. Variants that had previously been considered inferior rise to prominence, and come to be accepted. Language shift can be a beautif...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

Efficacy vs. Efficiency

The English language has a lot of similar words amongst its ranks. But while many of these words may be similar to one another, they are not the same. They often carry slightly different meanings or they place a different emphasis on the words around...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

Effective vs. Affective

There are a lot of English words that have similar meanings to one another, making it difficult to tell them apart. Exactly which word is used for what and when? It’s tough to tell with some words because their meanings are so much alike. Luckily, ...

added by angbeenc
15 days ago

Distrust vs. Mistrust

Sometimes, two words are so similar that even experienced writers have trouble remembering which is which. Distrust and mistrust are two such words. Their meanings are so similar that they are often substituted for one another. Careful writers, thoug...

added by angbeenc
22 days ago

Drier vs. Dryer

Some words sound alike but don’t mean the same thing. Such words are called homophones, and they are common in English and in other languages as well. Dryer and drier are just two examples of English homophones. There are quite literally hundreds o...

added by angbeenc
22 days ago

Donut vs. Doughnut

Everyone enjoys a doughnut every now and then—glazed, powdered, sprinkled, jelly filled. It’s hard not to love them. But what’s the correct spelling for this tasty treat? Is it doughnut or donut? The official dictionary spelling of the word is ...

added by angbeenc
22 days ago

Eager vs. Anxious

There are many ways to enrich your writing. One of the easiest ways is by using adjectives. Adjectives describe or modify nouns. You wouldn’t want to use too many adjectives, or you could potentially make your writing ostentatious or ornate. The wo...

added by angbeenc
22 days ago

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