Recently, on Instagram, I hosted a discussion on my stories about confusables. Confusables are words or phrases that are easily confused in meaning or application with other words. In short, we mix these words up and the meaning of our writing can be drastically altered as a result.
When I’m editing a book, I like to keep a list of confusables close by so I can check the usage is correct. When I mentioned this on Instagram, and asked if you’d be interested in me sharing my list, there was a resounding ‘yes’.
Below is a list of commonly confused words — you might like to bookmark this page, or share it with a writing buddy so you can refer back to this list, next time you find yourself looking for ways to polish your writing.
What words do you commonly mix up?
If there are any words you think have been missed from this list, let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post so it can continue to be a comprehensive resource. Happy writing!