Last week, I emailed my boss that I was hoping to elicit feedback, and then, I panicked.
Did I just say that I wanted to prompt feedback (my intention), or did I accidentally use the word that sounds the same, but is spelled differently and would suggest I was hoping for feedback unsuitable for the workplace (very much not my intention)?
You might have recently found yourself in a similar situation, writing an email that contains a word you say all the time, only to later realize that you misspelled it (and now your sentence means something entirely different).
In order to make sure this never happens again, here are 53 commonly confused words that you definitely want to get right at work.
Ensure vs. Insure
You insure a car or a house. Think: insurance.
You ensure the company will be a fit for you by doing your research.
Capitol vs. Capital
The Capitol is a building in Washington, DC. Do note its proper noun status.
Capital is money, as in a venture capital firm. It’s also what you’re referring to when you ask someone to stop emailing in ALL CAPS—and the spelling you’d want to use if asked to list all of the state capitals.
Perspective vs. Prospective
You have a unique perspective, or take, on events.
Prospective means potential, as in, the prospective candidates are impressive.
Gauge vs. Gouge
You’ll gauge your client’s reaction to the new slogan (i.e., take his or her temperature).
You’ll gouge out your eyes if you have to stare at your presentation slides much longer.
Moot vs. Mute vs. Moo
The point is moot, or, in other words, it doesn’t matter.
The TV is on mute.