Our selection this week is Dew, Do, Due, and Doo. These words have been through adjustments over time. Actually that could be said about most of the English language.
As we have mentioned previously, when people write or read to themselves they are saying the words out loud in their mind. Most words have only one way to be spelled correctly. Computer spell checkers excel at correcting these words. However, there are a lot of word pairs, a few word triples and the very rare word quadruples that sound the same. Computer spell checkers will not correct these words when they are used incorrectly.
You begin to see the problem now, each of these words is spelled correctly when used in the right context. Face with a word quadruple the writer has a 1 in 4 chance of using the correct word in the chosen context.
On to our words.
Dew, Do, Due, and Doo:
1. Dew is the moisture that is present on the grass in the early mornings.
2. Do is slang for Hairdo. "Nice do" can be a pleasant conversation opener in a casual situation.
3. Due, library books are due by a certain date.
4. Doo is what we hope everybody picks up when they walk their dog.
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