Monthly Archives: May 2009

MY ENDLESS LIST OF UNNERVING HOMONYMS (and other words too)


This is an ongoing list. Feel free to send me yours to include.

a bait / abate

a base / abase (to humble)

a bash / abash (to embarrass)

a bet / abet (to aid)

a bout / about

a breast / abreast

a door / adore

a fair / affair

a head / ahead

a jar / ajar

a line / align

a lone / alone

a mount / amount

a parent (Mom/Dad) / apparent

a rose / arose

a round / around

a tire / attire

a void / avoid

able / Abel (name)

accept / except

acts / axe (ax)

addition / edition

ads / adds

adverse / averse

affect / effect

aid / aide

ail / ale

air / ere / err / heir

aisle / I’ll / isle

all / awe / awl

allusion / illusion

aloud / allowed

altar / alter

an / and

ant / aunt

apiece / appease

arc / ark

are / our

arrow / Errol (man’s name)

ate / eight

awe / awl

bail / bale / bell / belle

bait / bate

bald / bawled

ball / bawl

ban / band

bare / bear

base / baste

bases / basis

bath / bathe

be / bee / Bea (woman’s name)

beach / beech

beat / beet

been / bin

bell / belle

beau / bow

been / bin

beer / bier

berry / Barry (man’s name)

berth / birth

bless / bliss

bleu / blew / blue

boar / bore

board / bored

boat / bolt

bode / bold / bowled

bough / bow / bowel

boll / bow / bowl

bra / brawl

brake / break

breath / breathe

bread / bred

bridal / bridle

brows / browse

buoy / boy

but / butt

by / bye

Cain (name) / cane

call / cull

cans / Cannes (film event)

Carol (woman’s name / carole

capital (city) / capitol (building)

carrot / karat

carry / Cary (man’s name)

cast / caste

cause / costs

caused / cost

cease / seas / sees / seize

ceiling / sealing

cell / sail / sale / sell

cents / sense

cent / scent / sent

cereal / serial

chess / chest

chili / chilly

chorus / coarse / course

cite / sight

close / clothes

coal / Cole (man’s name)

coat / colt

code / cold

complement / compliment

conscience / conscious

content / context

coo / cool / coup

cough / cuff

council / counsel / consul

coup / coupe

cream / creme

crises / crisis

dam / damn

days / daze

deal / dill

dear / deer

deepen / depend

dense / dents

desert / dessert

dew / do / due

dice / dies

die / dye

dine / dying

dire / dyer

do / due

doe / dole / dough

doll / dull

door / doer

drew / drool

ease / east

eel / ill

elicit / illicit

engrain / engrave

emigrate / immigrate

ensure / insure

envelop / envelope

excel / exhale

exist / exit

face / phase

fail / fell

fair / fare

fat / phat (slang)

feel / fill

find / fine

flea / flee

flees / fleece

flesh / flush

fleshly / fleshy

flew / flu / flue

flour / flower

fool / full

for / fore / four

form / forum

foul / fowl

fun / fund

gait / gate

gays / gaze

gist / jest / just

grand / grande

grate / great

grays / graze

groan / grown

guess / guest

hail / hell

half / have

hall / haul

hair / hare

hangar / hanger

hart / heart

haunt / hunt

hay / hey

Hayes (surname) / haze

he’ll / heal / heel / hill

heard / herd

hence / hints

here / hear

hi / high

higher / hire

him / hymn

his / hiss

hoarse / horse

hole / whole

horde / whore

hour / our

I  / eye

idle / idol

impatient / inpatient

incite / insight

its / it’s

keel / kill

killed / kilt

knead / need

kneel / Neil (man’s name) / nil

knew / new

knight / night / nite

knoll / know / no

knows / nose

lace / lays / leis

lacks / lax

lair / layer

lam / lamb

lead / lede

leaf / leave

leaks / leeks

lean / lien

lease / least

lent / lint

Les (man’s name) / less / lest

lessen / lesson

light / lite

line / lying

lo / low

loan / lone

lore / lure

loose / lose

loot / lute

loss / lost

lung / lunge

Ma / mall / maul

mad / MADD

made / maid

mail / male

main / mane

maize / maze

mall / maul / mull

mare / mayor

marry / merry

mat / Matt

maze / maize

meal / mill

meat / meet

medal / mettle / metal

mere / mirror

mince / mints

mind / mine

midst / missed / mist

mite / might

mode / mold

mole / mull

moral / morale / mural

morning / mourning

necks / next

noble / Nobel

non / none / nun

ode / old / olde

one / won

oar / or / ore

packed / pact

pail / pale

Pa / Paul (man’s name) / paw

pain / pane

pair / pare

patients / patience

pea / pee

peace / peas / piece

peak / peek / pique

peal / peel / pill

peer / pier

pen / pin

perspective / prospective

pi / pie

place / plays

plaintiff / plaintive

pleas / please

plight / polite

poles / polls / pose

poor / pore / pour

posed / post

pray / prey

precede / proceed

presence / presents

prince / prints

principal / principle

prostate / prostrate

put / putt

quiet / quite

rabid / rabbit / rapid

rain / reign / rein

raise / raze

rap / wrap

rapped / rapt / wrapped

rational / rationale

read / red

read / reed

real / reel

refuge / refuse

rice / rise

rite / right / write

road / rode

role / roll / row

rolls / rose / rows

rouse / roust

rue / rule

rung / wrung

sane / Seine (river in France)

sans / sands

Saul (man’s name) / saw

scene / seen

sea / see

seal / sill

seam / seem

sear / seer

secede / succeed

see / si (Sp)

sects / sex

set / sit

sever / severe

sew / so / sol / sole / soul

sewer / sore

shelf / shelve

shoe / shoo

shore / sure

shop / shoppe

sic / sick

side / sighed

sight / site

sing / singe

sink / synch

slay / sleigh

soar / sore

soared / sword

socks / Sox (as in Red Sox)

sole / soul

some / sum

son / sun

Sonny (man’s name) / sunny

stair / stare

Stan (man’s name) / stand

stationary / stationery

statue / statute

steal / steel / still

straight / strait

sweet / suite

tacked / tact

tacks / tax

tail / tale / tell

tarry / Teri or Terry (names)

tea / tee

teal / till

team / teem

tear / terror

tease / tees

ten / tend

tense / tents

Tex / text

Texas / texts

Thai / tie

than / then

the / thee

their / there / they’re

threw / through / thru

throes / throws

thyme / time

tide / tied

tier / tear

timber / timbre

to / too / two

toe / toll / tow

tore / tour

transient / transit

tray / trey

tri / try

tux / tucks

vale / veil

vain / vane

vary / very

verses / versus

vowel / vow

wail / well / whale

waist / waste

wait / weight

war / wore

ware / wear / where

warn / worn

way / weigh / whey

we / wee / Wii (video game)

weak / week

weather / whether

we’d / weed

wet / whet

we’ll / wheel / will

which / witch

while / wile

whine / wine

whirled / world

win / wind

wince / wins

whoa / woe

wonder / wander

wolf / woof

wood / would

Yale / yell

yore / your / you’re

you’ll / yule

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10 Things NEVER to Post on Social Networks – That means NOT EVER!


After just reading a story on the firing of a waitress – who complained of a a $5 tip left by customers who ran her for nearly 3 hours – I’ve decided to re-post, re-edit and re-Tweet/FB this baby as a reminder to the (obvious) Mensa candidates who just might stumble upon it.

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This comes from the “they said what?!” archives. I’m constantly amazed at the stupid stuff people post on social networks so I’ve decided to write my own list of things NEVER to post on social networks…

#1) “Going on vacation – be back in a week!” – This is a no-brainer for obvious reasons (why not just open those blinds, leave the door unlocked and post a “Come in and rob me!” sign?). And yet…people do it all the time. Messages like “Hey guys, we’ll be in Mexico for 10 days,” or “Check out this photo we just took on vaca in Miami!” – are a sure invitation for trouble.

vacation

#2) “It’s just me and the little ones here for the weekend.” This one makes me cringe. Think about it: you don’t even want your neighbors knowing you’re all alone, why on earth would you put your life, and worse yet, the lives of your kids, at risk by posting this one? Think, people. Think!

#3) “My boss is a real jerk!” (or other such rants) – It goes without saying since most people listed as our “friends” or “followers” are co-workers, but these types of raves are the norm on social networks…and then we wonder why the pink slips are flying like…oh, whatever. Point is social networks are NOT confidential – no matter how many security tools you might download, purchase or create. Somebody somewhere is reading something that you don’t want seen. User beware!jerk
#4) “Just bought the new Wii! Dude, it’s awesome!” or “Just bought the new iPhone! Wait’ll you see what it can do!” – You might be the proud owner of the best technology money can buy…but telling thousands of strangers of your purchase only translates to “Yeah, I got toys…and maybe some money…and possibly both. Rob me blind. Please.” Smart move, Sherlock.

#5) “Wanna buy a kid?” – It might be a joke to YOU, but in today’s market, children are a hot commodity, so that type of innocent “prank” just might lead the FBI, DEA, County Children Services or other such organizations directly to your door…or worse: to your JOB where you’ll undoubtedly be the most unpopular “ex” employee at the site.

#6) “I’ll do anything for my Vicodin!” (or other type of drugs – prescription or not). Oh yeah, you’re a riot. We’re rolling in the aisles. Just don’t be crushed when HR comes around demanding a urine sample…especially before you take the wheel of the school bus. Poor kids. (You should be ashamed.)

bus driver
#7) “My 15-year-old neighbor is HOT!” – If you’re an adult, whether you’re a man or woman, married or single, gay or straight – THIS IS NOT COOL! Stop. NOW.

#8) “Just had the best job interview EVER” – To be clear, this sort of statement in and of itself is quite innocent…unless you’re still employed and your “friends” or “followers” get wind of it. And they will. They always do.

#9) “How do I off my spouse?” Seriously. Do you think THAT ONE won’t make the rounds? ‘Nuff said.

#10) “I think I married the wrong sibling.” – Are you TRYING to get killed??? I’m not even going to address this one. You’re hopeless. And pathetic. And probably deserve everything your spouse takes from you. What an imbecile.

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