Last week, the topic was proofreading. (You can read it hear -- I mean here.) This Well Said Wednesday continues the conversation by tackling troublesome homophones.
Don't freak out., this is not going to be a painful grammar lesson. And don't feel bad if you don't remember that homophones are those words that are pronounced the same way, but spelled differently, and most importantly, mean different things.
Words like there/their/they're, hear/here, time/thyme, berth/birth. You get the picture.
If you spend any time on Facebook, you know what homophones are even if you don't know that's their name. It's a kind of typo I see every day on that platform, usually followed by a snarky comment.
When you mess up and use the wrong word, people notice. Especially your and you're. People get irate about that one. What's worse is that even when we know which word is witch -- I mean which -- sometimes we just type the wrong one without thinking.
The English language has far more homophones than I am willing to type here and define. Fortunately, others have done it for us, so bookmark these links, refer to them often and add the homophones and other similar words you mix up the most to your proofing checklist.
Oxford English Dictionary Commonly Confused Words
Grammarly Top 30 Commonly Confused Words
Grammar Monster Easily Confused Words
Finally, here's the coffee-mug version of a mixed up word cheat sheet. But beware it is NSFW. Not even a little.