Word Facts

  1. Deciduous: Visual Word of the Day

    Pine and fir trees kept their green while their deciduous brothers were a riot of color. — Crickett Starr, Violet Among the Roses Learn more about this Word of the Day here.

  2. 10 Commonly Misused Words

    Did you really mean that? Some words have taken on incorrect meanings over time through consistent misuse. Make sure you're using the right word by flipping through this list of common misunderstandings.

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  5. Farther vs. Further

    Differentiating two words that go the distance… Do you use farther and further interchangeably? You’re not alone. The terms have very similar meanings, and English speakers have been using them as synonyms for centuries. But if you’re ready to get picky, […]

  6. Whose vs. Who’s

    We’ve all been there: agonizing over whether or not to add that apostrophe to who. Here’s an easy way to remember the difference. Whose is the possessive form of the pronoun who, while who’s is a contraction of the words who is or who has. Many people find whose and who’s particularly confusing […]

  7. Practice vs. Practise

    The difference between these two mainly comes down to British vs. American spelling. In British English, practise is a verb and practice is a noun. In American English, practice is both the noun and verb form. American English doesn’t really […]

  8. Proved vs. Proven

    Have you proved your point, or proven it? Both words are both forms of the verb prove, which means “to establish truth through evidence or argument.” Both words are past participles, which basically means they completed actions that took place in […]

  9. Reeking vs. Wreaking

    Does Godzilla wreak havoc or reek havoc? Reeking is a word that usually describes something with a bad smell. Wreaking refers to something that causes destruction or damage. So really, it depends. Want to know more about these homophones? Keep […]

  10. Paramount vs. Tantamount

    Turns out, paramount doesn’t have that much to do with mountains. It does, however, describe something that’s of highest importance. Tantamount, on the other hand, refers to something that’s equal to something else. While the two words sound similar, that’s […]