Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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packed

past tense of pack

pact

an agreement or treaty


pail

bucket

pale

lacking color


pain

physical or emotional suffering

pane

a plate of glass or panel


pair

two of something

pare

to remove or peel

pear

type of fruit


palate

roof of the mouth; taste

pallet

a low, portable platform

palette

a range of colors; a board to hold and mix colors


passed

past tense of pass

past

the time before the present


patience

willingness to wait

patients

people under medical care


pause

a temporary stop

paws

animal feet


peace

calm

piece

a portion of something


peak

top of a mountain

peek

glance furtively

pique

to wound someone’s pride or to excite interest


pealed

rang bells

peeled

removed a layer


pedal

foot-operated lever

peddle

to sell, hawk, or dispense


peer

person who is an equal

pier

a structure extending out over water


perpetrate

to commit, as in a crime

perpetuate

to prolong or sustain

Example: The myth that the sun revolved around the earth was perpetuated for centuries.


phase

(see faze)


pi

3.1416, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter

pie

baked food filled with fruit or meat


pistil

female organ of a flower

pistol

type of gun


plain
(adjective, noun)

not fancy; evident; simple; treeless area of land

plane

a flat or level surface; short for airplane


pleas

cries for help; appeals

please

a polite word; to satisfy


plum

a type of fruit

plumb

perpendicular


pole

a long, cylindrical piece of wood or metal

poll

a collection of opinions; survey


pore

small hole

pour

to send liquid flowing


praise

express approval

prays

makes requests to God

preys

hunts for food; victimizes


precedence

priority

precedents

examples, criteria

presidents

chief executives


presence

appearance, being present

presents (noun, verb)

gifts; offers


presumption

(see assumption)


pries

looks closely; wedges open

prize

award or reward


principal (noun, adjective)

head of school; chief; of first importance

principle

fundamental belief


profit

gain

prophet

predictor, seer


pros

professionals, experts

prose

literature


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