Welcome to this edition of Words For Thought, the blog on wordrefiner.weebly.com. Like some of the previous blogs we are looking at typographical errors. Words that look almost the same, but have different spellings and meanings.
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Now, onto today’s episode!
Did you hear the story about the Princess and the Pea? Well, this is not that story. This is about a group of words that all depend on Pea for existence. Pea is a vegetable that grows in a pod on a vine or bush. A lot of people like them as a side dish or split pea soup.
Peag is also known as wampum, it is made of small beads or shells and was used as currency by North American Natives.
Peak is the top of a mountain, or a hat. It can also be the greatest point in a series of measurements.
Peal, now that is a ringer! The primary definition is a loud ringing of bells, or thunder which can be very loud also. Tintinnabulation is my favorite synonym of Peal. Heck, tintinnabulation is one of my favorite words just for the sound of it.
Pear is a wonderful fruit. They come in many varieties, some sweet and some tart. A ripe and juicy Pear is quite wonderful to eat.
Peas are more than one Pea. Do not eat your Peas with a knife, my mom said to me. I loved a challenge, and I ate all my peas, what a sneaky mom!
Peat is widely known to gardeners as a medium for plant starts and a soil amendment. It has been harvested from bogs, a wet marshy area, for many years. It can also be used as a fuel for fire when dried.
There they are, seven words with similar sounds and the same first three letters. If you use the wrong word the reader might think they hit a submerged log while boating in the bayou and lose the momentum you worked so hard to build. Do all in your power to prevent that from happening, do not give your reader a reason to close your book. Use beta readers, critique partners, proofreaders and editors to ensure that your work is error free and as smooth as possible.
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