Things that happen when we’re bored

February 16, 2017

Affect ~  A verb: “The cold weather really affects me.”
Effect ~ A noun: “Dry coughs are one effect of cold weather .”

Ensure – To make sure, like a guarantee
Insure – Always used as insurance => The policy you pay for but may never use.

Hone ~  Always a verb: What we do to knives & sharp edges to make them sharper.
Home ~ Sometimes a verb or a noun:

Home in on is how we get closer to something,  (“She’s homing in on the answer.”),
while    Home is also where the heart is

Farther ~ A physical distance.
Further  ~ Additionally, everything else.

Accept ~ To receive or agree with
Except ~ To exclude

and my personal favorite:
Number – Things that can be counted or was counted
Amount – A quantity of something that can’t be counted or wasn’t counted.

“The number of Yucalandia readers has increased each & every year for the last 9 years.”
“Colin drank a staggering amount of alcohol.”

and yes,   there’s always there, their & they’re … to, two & too … then & than … Your, yore & you’re …

Your favorites?

Happy Trails,

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5 Responses to Things that happen when we’re bored

  1. It’s and its, of course, and accept/except.

  2. Nancy Tabeling says:

    That was awesome!

    Nancy Tabeling 949 294-7847

    Sent from my iPhone. Excuse the spelling in case I’m texting and driving. Just kidding, I don’t do that.


  3. SUZY says:

    “Fewer” vs “Less”


    • yucalandia says:

      That’s a fun one, because the old-school rule for ‘fewer’ vs ‘less’ has some exceptions.

      The Chicago Manual of Style and other modern sources have shifted to a new definition~rule:

      Use ‘less’ for singular nouns

      Use ‘fewer’ for plural nouns.

      because the old rule about things you can count breaks down in some examples.

      FUN !

  4. Pamela Bruno says:

    I and me. Drives me nuts when people say “…me and so-and-so did…” Maybe I am old school, but “I” should always be used when the subject of an immediately following verb; “me” can and should be used in other positions, but never as the subject of an immediately following verb.

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