I confess this is not the most original of posts, but the topic is one that continues to interest writers who want to improve their craft and avoid embarrassing mistakes - just like me.
We should all be familiar with the most cringeworthy like: they’re and there; to, too and two and then and than. Autocorrect features in word processing programs are no help either and often serve to make matters worse.
But these easily made errors are still common, yet less obvious, and we continue to see them in uncorrected work on blogs or even on work submitted to editors. Are you guilty?
Pore or Pour
Be absorbed in reading or studying (something) [Oxford]
One Fell Swoop
As in with one swoop of a weapon like an axe or sword.
Not ‘feint-hearted’, as one editor was quick to remind me.
Sailing unchartered waters
A Stationery target
Unless you are aiming to shoot an envelope, then you mean ‘stationary’ - or standing still.
Australia’s capitol city
How about these examples? Do you know one from the other?
- Principle or Principal
- Emigrate or Immigrate
- Elicit or Illicit
- Climactic or Climatic