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23rd Nov '17 12:32:56 PM GothicProphet
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* "pass mustard" (what you say when you're eating hot dogs) for "pass muster" (to be satisfactory). A properly-working gun might be said to pass muster, but it's a rare gun that can pass mustard.
9th Nov '17 5:34:41 PM SenseiLeRoof
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* "rob" (to take property from, illegally) vs. "steal" (to take illegally). You rob the person, you steal the thing.
8th Nov '17 11:31:29 PM morane
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* "allusion" (to refer to something) vs. "illusion" (something unreal).

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* "allusion" (to refer to something) vs. "illusion" (something unreal).unreal) vs. "elusion" (the act of avoidance; evasion).
11th Oct '17 8:13:11 AM ZarbiNerada
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* "drug" is a general term for a wide array of chemical substances or the use thereof. "Dragged" is the past tense of the verb "to drag". I have never dragged someone into my van and proceeded to drug them, [[AndThatWouldBeWrong because that's highly illegal.]]

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* "drug" is a general term for a wide array of chemical substances or the use thereof. "Dragged" is the past tense of the verb "to drag". I have never dragged someone into my van and proceeded to drug them, [[AndThatWouldBeWrong because that's highly illegal.]]]][[note]]Similar booboos and blunders have lasted long enough to become correct, turning the inherited d-past verb "to dig" and the Norman French loanword "to strive" into Germanic strong (i.e. stem-changing) verbs.[[/note]]
29th Sep '17 12:01:37 AM SenseiLeRoof
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** A traditional mnemonic is "whether the wether can weather the weather" -- "if the ram can endure the climate".

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** A traditional mnemonic is "whether the wether can weather the weather" -- "if the ram can endure the climate".atmospheric condition".
** Additionally, "weather" vs. "climate". Weather is a day-to-day condition, whereas climate is averaged over years. This is a really bad one, as people have tried to use a one-day record low as supposed disproof of climate change.
28th Sep '17 11:16:21 PM SenseiLeRoof
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* "besides" (disregarding) vs. "beside" (next to, physically).
22nd Sep '17 8:37:20 AM PetroleumJerry
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* A delim'''i'''ter establishes the boundary (or limit) of something. I think a delim'''e'''ter measures delicatessens.
22nd Sep '17 8:26:02 AM PetroleumJerry
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** While a "prodigy" (precocious genius) may be "prodigal" (wastefully extravagant), it's neither necessary nor sufficient.
22nd Sep '17 8:04:40 AM PetroleumJerry
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** Nor does the same happen to William Mandella, the protagonist of the sci-fi novel ''The Forever War'', whose name actually ''is'' a misspelling of "mandala".

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** Nor does the same happen to William Mandella, the protagonist of the sci-fi novel ''The Forever War'', whose name actually ''is'' a misspelling of "mandala"."mandala" (because his parents chose the name when they married, but ... didn't know how it was spelled).
22nd Sep '17 8:01:11 AM PetroleumJerry
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** That means you could have a sentence like "Bare bears bear bare bears bare." [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment (Naked bears carry naked bears while naked)]]

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** That means you could have a sentence like - now bare with me on this - "Bare bears bear bare bears bare." [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment (Naked bears carry naked bears while naked)]]
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