Here’s another roundup of look-alike and sound-alike words I frequently see confused:
- A bomb is defused; something that’s spread around is diffused.
- A flare is an illuminated signal; something done with style displays flair.
- If you read something carefully, you’re poring over it, not pouring (which you do only with a beverage or other liquid).
- If you’re reluctant to do something, you’re loath to do it; you loathe something if you hate it.
- An interesting discovery will pique your interest, not peak it.
Finally, this verse may help you avoid another common misuse:
An apiary‘s home to bees;
An aviary‘s for the birds.
Which proves that we should watch our words,
And learn to mind our P’s and V’s.