Three common words in the English language. Like so many other words, these have been borrowed from another language. We own them now.
Homonyms present an interesting problem for a lot of people, because homonyms are words that sound alike. When we read, we are saying the words “aloud” in our mind; we know what we are reading and it makes sense. When we write, we are operating in the same fashion; reading out loud in our mind, and it is easy to choose the wrong word if you are not paying close attention. Most spellcheckers have an inherent weakness, (God bless the person who invented the spell checker!), and they will not flag the correctly spelled word in the wrong context. Voila! You have a hidden spelling error because the spellchecker will not see it as wrong. Some people, who are not good spellers, may or may not notice the error when reading. The rest of us will feel like we just hit a speed bump without warning! What was a great ride suddenly became uncomfortable, and the pure pleasure of reading was marred. Fresh Eyes is one solution to this problem. See my other blog about Fresh Eyes for more information.
Now, on to the game!
Confident is a great word, it comes from 16th century France, and it means having Full and Complete Trust. All three of these words are derived from an identical Latin root.
An adjective, it brings texture and color to a subject. A carpenter is confident in his skill to fix the broken table. I am confident the pilot can land the plane safely.
Confidant and Confidante are nouns and from the French language also. They mean a person that you share your most private and important secrets with. The former is considered masculine, while the latter is feminine. You are sharing with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, depending on which form you choose.
Three words from the same root and country. Very similar and recognized by spellcheckers everywhere. When you write you must be sure to use the right word for the context. Context is everything.
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