Confusables are word pairs that appear to have more in common than they actually do. A word's history (or etymology) may offer a clue to its present-day meaning, but we need to be careful: over time, definitions can change significantly. And words that look and sound alike may have altogether different stories to tell.
Let's look at a few examples. . . .
For the complete article (revised and expanded), see What Are Confusables?