No matter our age, we all have our own unique spelling demons. You can greatly increase your own spelling skills when you:
Sometimes the biggest "demons" in your own writing are NOT the words
that weird, obscure and very long. Rather, they are more
frequently-used words that are easily confused with other words.
Here's our list of devilish words. We've included a brief definition of these words. You'll also see some tricks to help you remember some of them in bold.
|except||other than; Everyone came except Tex.|
|affect||to have an influence on|
|effect||result; effects of contaminated beef...|
|allusion||an indirect reference|
|illusion||misleading belief or perception; Her good health was only an illusion. She was actually very ill.|
|all together||all at the same time; All of us are together in the car.|
|ascent||a movement upward; The scent of the skunk sent me running up the hill|
given to someone else, or to advise
Wise counsel sells
|council||a group of people selected to advise others|
|descent||a movement downward; descent - decline|
abandon, or an arid place;
Sahara desert has just one s
|elicit||to bring out|
|illicit||illegal; Both illicit and illegal begin with il|
|gorilla||a large primate; Do you like gorillas or apes best?|
|guerilla||a type of soldier|
|loose||not tight; The noose was loose.|
|lose||to come to be without something; lose your keys|
|quiet||making no sound|
|quite||completely; That's quite a nice kite.|
|straight||without a bend|
|strait||narrow passage of water; I can't wait to ride through the straits.|
|weather||the state of the atmosphere, including temperature, wind, moisture, etc.|
|whether||introduces the first choice; Whether he goes or stays, he must decide soon.|
|which||one of a group|
|witch||a sorcerer; The witch outwitted the fox.|
Many spelling demons are actually homonyms, such as capital/capitol and principle/principal. Learn more about confusing homonyms on this helpful page.
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