Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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sacks

large bags

sax

saxophone


saver

one who saves

savor

to appreciate a taste


scene

a view, a setting

seen

to have viewed with eyes


scent

(see cent)


sea

a body of salt water

see

to view with eyes


seam

line formed by pieces of fabric sewn together

seem

appear


sear

scorch, burn, or char

seer

one who sees (as in the future)

sere

withered, dry


seas

bodies of salt water

sees

views with eyes

seize

to grab hold of


seed

(see cede)


sell

(see cell)


semiannual

(see biannual)


sensor

(see censor)


sent

(see cent)


serf

slave

surf
(noun, verb)

breaking waves; to ride a surfboard


serial

(see cereal)


set

one sets a thing

Example: Please set the table.

sit

one sits oneself

Example: Please sit down at the table.


sew

to stitch

so

in the manner indicated

sow

to scatter or plant seed


sewer

a conduit for carrying off waste

suer

one who sues


shear

to cut

sheer

transparent


shoe

foot attire

shoo

interjection used to scare away an animal


shoot

(see chute)


sic

a Latin term used to indicate that something written is intentionally left in the original form, which may be incorrect.

Example: She wrote, "They made there [sic] beds."

sick

ill


sics

attacks

six

a number


sight

(see cite)


sign

an indication

sine

a trigonometry term


since

(see because)


sink

to submerge; to descend to a lower level; where you wash dirty clothes

synch or sync

to synchronize, to coincide or match up


site

(see cite)


slay

kill

sleigh

snow vehicle, sled


sleight

cunning, skill

slight

slender, of little substance


slew

past tense of slay

slough

swamp (pronounced slew or slau)


soar

to fly at great height

sore

in pain


soared

flew at great height

sword

a bladed weapon


sole

bottom of foot; lone

soul

the spiritual part of humans


some

a certain unspecified number

sum

the total from adding numbers


son

male offspring

sun

star that is the central body of the solar system


sonny

diminutive of son

sunny

lit or warmed by the sun; cheerful


spade

digging tool

spayed

to have removed the ovaries of an animal


staid

solemn, serious

stayed

remained, waited


stair

step

stare

to look without blinking


stake

a pole

steak

cut of meat


stationary

in one place

stationery

writing paper


steal

rob

steel
(noun, adjective)

iron alloy; determined


step
(verb, noun)

moving by lifting the foot; degree

steppe

vast grasslands


stile

turnstile, passageway

style

fashion


straight

not curved or bent

strait

narrow passage of water connecting two bodies of water


succor

relief, assistance

sucker

fool


suede

leather finished with a soft, napped surface

swayed

past tense of sway; persuaded


suite

a connected series of rooms

sweet

opposite of sour


summary

an abstract or brief account

summery

of the summer


sundae

ice cream with syrup

Sunday

day of the week


sympathy

(see empathy)


Misused Words

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