Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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Many words in English sound or look alike, causing confusion and not a few headaches. This section lists some of these words, and other troublemakers.


KARAT

See carat, caret, karat.


KINDERGARTNER

Note how the spelling differs from kindergarten.


KNEW, NEW

Knew: past tense of know.

New: up to date; original; unused.


KUDOS

To this great man, kudos are due. That sentence wouldn't raise many eyebrows, but kudos is not the plural of kudo. There's no such thing as "a kudo." Kudos is a Greek word (pronounced "KYOO-doss" or "KOO-doss") meaning "praise" or "glory," and you'd no more say "kudos are due" than you'd say "glory are due." Admittedly, kudos is due looks odd. Better to rewrite the sentence.


Misused Words

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