Commonly Confused Words
1. Fairy & Ferry
Fairy is an imaginary supernatural being, usually represented in diminutive human form and characterized as clever, playful, and having magical powers.
Usage Example: It seemed as if the fairies had helped the small children in the woods.
Ferry means a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water.
Usage Example: The ferry was decorated with buntings and balloons for the festive occasion.
2. Faker & Fakir
Faker means a person who fakes.
Usage Example: He faked illness to go on a holiday.
It also means to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive.
Usage Example: It was difficult to believe that the holy man was a faker.
Fakir means a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man.
Usage Example: Guru Nanak Dev led the life of a fakir.
3. Farther & Further
Farther means to or at a greater distance in time or space but it should be used only in connection with a physical or a linear distance.
Usage Example: They moved farther north in search of a livelihood.
Further is used in referring to a degree, a quantity, or time in quality or degree; to a greater extent.
Usage Example: He was not prepared to discuss the case further.
4. Fate & Fete
Fate means something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot.
Usage Example: The fate of the doctors is to be on service all twenty four hours.
Fete means a festive celebration or entertainment:.
Usage Example: A gala fete was held in the public grounds.
5. Faun & Fawn
Faun is one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.
Usage Example: Fauns are capable of guiding humans in need, as is explained in the fable of The Satyr and the Traveller.
Fawn means a young deer, especially an unweaned one.
Usage Example: She was as light footed as a fawn.
Fawn also refers to a form a behaviour where one seeks to notice or favor by servile demeanor.
Usage Example: The old matriarch was beaming at the young people fawning over her.
6. Feasible & Plausible
Feasible means capable of being done, effected, or accomplished.
Usage Example: It was not feasible to stop the construction work mid-way.
Plausible means having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable.
7. Federation & Confederation
Federation is a federated body formed by a number of nations, states, societies, unions, etc., each retaining control of its own internal affairs.
Usage Example: The Federation's laws were very stringent.
Confederation means the act of forming an alliance or confederation.
Usage Example: The articles of the confederation have been ratified many times.
8. Ferment & Foment
1. Any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
Usage Example: Let the yeast ferment for three days to add to the dough for the bread.
2. Agitation; unrest; excitement; commotion; tumult.
Usage Example: The political ferment in the capital was apparent.
1. To instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of.
Usage Example: Lack of basic amenities was enough to foment discontent amongst the drought ridden people.
2. To apply warm water or medicated liquid, ointments, etc., to (the surface of the body).
Usage Example: If the joints get stiff, foment with warm saline water.
9. Ferrule & Ferule
Ferrule is a ring or cap, usually of metal, put around the end of a post, cane, or the like, to prevent splitting.
Usage Example: The tap of his ferrule on the cobblestones could be heard long after he had left the house.
Ferule means a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children, especially by striking them on the hand.
Usage Example: The bang of the ferule hitting the desk could be heard outside the classroom.
10. Feral & Ferial
Feral means existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
Usage Example: In Argentina and some West Indian islands the house - sparrow is known to be feral.
Ferial is a weekday, other than Saturday, on which no feast occurs. Ferial as a word originated in late 14c, from Old French.