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Confusables: Family Resemblances and False Relations

By December 7, 2012

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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?


December 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(1) Sally says:

A suburban newspaper in my area once lamented that all the ‘interNment’ records of a local cemetery had been destroyed in a fire!

I chose to regard this as merely a spelling error rather than the statement of a theological position :D

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