Monday, February 18, 2013

Grammar Police Monday - Stay Current

Hearty vs Hardy
Yikes. Gotta watch these two... 

Hearty means cordial, jovial, exuberant, forceful, substantial—a hearty laugh; a hearty meal.

Hardy means sturdy, strong, bold, daring—a hardy group of men.

Heal vs Heel
Heal (verb) means to restore health; to cure.

Heel means (n.) the back of the foot or (verb) to follow at one's heels.

A doctor heals; a dog heels.

Currant vs Current
A currant is a small, seedless raisin.

Current means (adj.) belonging to the present; prevalent; customary—the current fad—or (n.) the flow of a body of water. Don't get caught in the river's current.

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23 comments:

  1. Like these little reminders. Have a great week!

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  2. With your lessons I am realizing why I don't make these mistakes. I have the theory people mistake them because they sound similar. But since I don't speak it, just write it, my full attention is in the way it's written. It's the first time I find an advantage about writing in English instead of Spanish. :)

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  3. Yeah heel and heal get to me all the time. A lot of homophones do actually. I think it's because I partially "hear" words as I write them, and see pictures, so I don't really see the spelling as much as hear the sound. :-/

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  4. I've seen some of these homophones used wrong in printed books. Kind of crazy if you think that an editor didn't catch it.

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  5. Using currant in the wrong place would be amusing.

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  6. I like to say that marigolds are very "hearty" flowers! I also think I've spelled "heel" as "heal." Ooops! Thanks for the perspective.

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    1. I'm still waiting for someone to comment on the photo. :P

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  8. cant believe some would interchange currant for current--but i guess it's just a difference of one letter!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. I can't either, but I can see them using current for currant. ;)

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  9. Sometimes, if I'm typing really quickly and have my mind in too many places, I get "write" and "right" messed up. I think I write, "write" too often. It's automatic on my fingers!

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    1. Ha, Julie, I do the same thing with write/right. And you're right, "write" is automatic on my fingers, too.

      Melissa, thanks for the lesson on hardy/hearty. I'll have to make a mental note of that one. The others I already know.

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  10. I'm glad there's no need for me to write currant or current. Those seem like exactly the kind of words I mix up. I've got the other ones down though.

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  11. A hearty meal is not necessarily the same as a heart-healthy meal, either :)

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    1. Ha! I was wondering how long it would take for someone to comment on the 'heart attack on a plate' breakfast. LOL

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  12. That hearty breakfast looks YUMMY!!!

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  13. I'll have to admit...I've had to pause when using either form of hardy/hearty to make sure it's the correct one. And I heartly ever make mistakes. :o)

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  14. Bet you anything I've mixed up the hearty/hardy before. ;)

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  15. Hmm...I've probably mixed up the whole hearty/hardy thing.

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  16. I could quite easily mix up hearty/hardy too. Also, I used to know a joke regarding currant/current, but can't think of it now... that was interesting!

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  17. Good ones! Especially the Hearty/Hardy!

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