The last time, we explored all the ORE words with four letters or less. Including ore, there were 12 words.
This time we are going to examine the EST words with four letters.
Because, by simply typing the first letter wrong of any of these words, you have created a hidden spelling error. These are all words that are already in your spellchecker, therefore this misplaced word will not be flagged by your computer. Other people will likely see it and your work of perfection is marred.
We do not want that to happen to you. The Hyper-Speller at Word Refiner is here to help.
Onto our Evil Eleven!
Best that which is ultimate or highly favored. We have our best friends, foods, movies and more.
Fest an event or a show with a designated focus, like a chocolate fest.
Gest this is a little obscure, perhaps; a story of adventures and heroic exploits. As writers, we love obscure words don’t we?
Jest this is a joke or humorous story. Mrs. Word Refiner’s favorite joke:
What did the fish say when she hit the wall? Dam!
Lest this is an odd word because it is usually used in a situation where fear is a component: He drove slowly lest he get a speeding ticket.
Nest a dwelling place built by birds and other animals.
Rest what we like to do after working hard on a blog or a book.
Test Something people in school are required to take as a measure of their knowledge. In reality, we all have tests everyday of many different kinds.
Vest an article of clothing worn over a shirt, and sometimes under a jacket as well.
West one of the four points on a compass, also a reference to unlimited opportunity in the famous phrase: go west young man.
Zest a passion for life and adventure, also a cooking term for a hint of flavor added with a piece of citrus peel.
There they are, 11 words with similar sounds and the same last three letters. If you use the wrong word, the reader could feel like they rammed a floating log while boating, as they read your book. They may feel like leaving your story because it is too hard to figure out what you are trying to say. Do everything in your power to prevent that from happening, do not give your reader a reason to close your book. Use Word Refiner, beta readers, critique partners, proofreaders and editors to ensure that your work is error free and as smooth reading as possible.
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