Commonly Confused Words
1. Gourmand & Gourmet
Gourmand is a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminatingly and to excess.
Usage Example: A true gourmand can distinguish between the qualities of the freshly baked bases for the pizza.
Gourmet is a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink. Usage Example: There is a spread of gourmet chicken, veal, turkey and seafood by the poolside.
2. Greave & Grieve
Greave is a piece of plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle, usually composed of front and back pieces.
Usage Example: Greave is perhaps taken from Egyptian Arabic signifying apparel for the leg.
Grieve means to feel grief or great sorrow.
Usage Example: As his condition worsened, I could only grieve pray for him.
3. Grill & Grille
Grill has the following meanings:
1. A device with parallel bars of thin metal on which meat, fish, etc, may be cooked by a fire; gridiron.
Usage Example: He would often go to the restaurant to enjoy grilled chicken.
3. To subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning.
Usage Example: Continuous grilling at the office made him very nervous.
Grille is a framework, especially of metal bars arranged to form an ornamental pattern, used as a screen or partition.
Usage Example: A beautiful iron grille separated the living and the dining rooms.
4. Grip, Gripe & Grippe
1. To grasp or seize firmly; hold fast.
Usage Example: The old lady gripped my hand firmly.
2. To take hold on; hold the interest of.
Usage Example: His mind was in the grip of extremely powerful emotions.
1. To complain, especially in a persistent nagging manner.
Usage Example: Her constant whining gripes me.
2. To cause sudden intense pain in the intestines of (a person) or (of a person) to experience this pain Anxiety griped at her sides.
Grippe is a former name for influenza.
Usage Example: His throat constricted due to grippe.
5. Grisly, Gristly & Grizzly
1. Causing a shudder or feeling of horror; horrible; gruesome.
Usage Example: He has been condemned to such grisly crimes that it is difficult to talk about them. 2. Formidable; grim.
Usage Example: The small children got scared of his grisly countenance.
Gristly is resembling or containing gristle; cartilaginous.
Usage Example: His wife removed the gristly parts of the freshly caught fish and cooked the tender parts.
Grizzly means somewhat gray; grayish.
Usage Example: The brown bear is less fierce than the grizzly bear.
6. Groan & Grown
1. A prolonged stressed dull cry expressive of agony, pain, or disapproval.
Usage Example: Her mother was tired of her moaning and groaning.
2. To make a sound resembling a groan; resound harshly.
Usage Example: The steps groaned under the weight of the burly old man.
Grown means to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
Usage Example: The trees on both sides of the river have grown substantially in the last six months.
7. Guessed, Guest & Quest
Guessed means to form an estimate or conjecture.
Usage Example: No one would have guessed from her demeanor that she suffered such a great loss.
Guest refers to a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another.
Usage Example: The guests for the party arrived before the hosts.
Quest means a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something.
Usage Example: His quest for knowledge was unstoppable.
8. Hail & Hale
Hail has the following meanings:
1. To cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.
Usage example: The soldiers have been hailed as war heroes.
2. Small pellets of ice falling from cumulonimbus clouds when there are very strong rising air currents/
Usage example: The hail in the night destroyed all the blooming flowers.
Hale means free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous.
Usage example: Using hale and hearty oils like canola and olive can go a long way in protecting the health of your heart.
9. Hall & Haul
Hall has the following meanings:
1. A large room or building for public gatherings; auditorium.
Usage example: The hall was magnificent and had a dance floor.
2. A room serving as an entry area within a house or building.
Usage example: The cloak closet in the hall was very spacious.
Haul have the following meanings:
1. To pull or draw with force; move by drawing; drag.
Usage example: The tow truck hauled the car out of the ditch.
2. To transport, as in a lorry.
Usage example: The farmer hauled the logs of timber in his truck to the building site.
10. Hallow, halo, hollow & holler
Hallow means to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
Usage example: The priest came to hallow the newly built church.
Halo has the following meanings:
1. A disc or ring of light around the head of an angel, saint, etc, as in painting or sculpture.
Usage example: A halo of pale light surrounds the painting of Mona Lisa.
2. The aura surrounding an idealized, famous, or admired person, thing, or event.
Usage example: It seems as if a halo of excellence surrounds Shakespeare's works.
Hollow has the following meanings:
1. Having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty.
Usage example: A family of foxes made their home in the old hollow tree in the backyard.
2. without real or significant worth; meaningless.
Usage example: The victory seemed hollow without the whole team.
3. Hungry; having an empty feeling.
Usage example: Unplowed fields give birth to hollow bellies.
Holler means to cry aloud; shout; yell.
Usage example: She hollered for help stuck on the narrow ledge above the sea.