Herb, Herd, Herf, Here, Herl, Herm, Hero, Herp, Herr, and Hers
Welcome to this edition of Words For Thought, the blog on wordrefiner.com. Like some of the previous blogs, we are exploring typographical errors. Words that look almost the same, but have different spellings and meanings. To find more of these on Twitter search for the hashtag: #TyposHurtYourWriting.
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There are many groups of words that vary by only one letter, such as came, dame, fame, and game. The correctly spelled word in the wrong context will not be flagged by most spell-checkers. The Hyper-Speller at Word Refiner is dedicated to exposing all of these hidden errors and delivering your document free of spelling blunders.
Now, onto today’s episode!
We are set with 10 different four letter words that start with Her. That means you have nine opportunities to create a hidden error that won’t be found by many spell checkers. Let’s take a look at this list of terrible typos.
Herb refers to plants with flowers, leaves or seeds used for cooking, folk remedies, perfume, and coloring other materials. In a strict botanical sense, it includes annual plants that are without a woody stem and bear seeds. It also used as a man’s name and was the name of the 31st president of the USA, Herbert Hoover. This word has been in use for hundreds of years.
Herd defines a group of animals that travel as a group for safety and foraging purposes. These can be wild animals or domesticated. Many times a large group of people that are participating in a similar activity such as jogging are jokingly referred to as a herd. This word has both noun and verb uses.
Herf is a word unknown to me previously and I suspect for many of you also, unless you are an aficionado of fine cigars. A lively gathering of people devoted to the appreciation and smoking of quality cigars is known as a herf. Like so many niche groups, they even have their own magazines such as “Cigar Aficionado”, “Cigar Advisor”, and “Cigar Snob” to name only three of what’s available.
Here is a common adverb and exclamatory statement used to draw attention to a spot right here and right now. Perhaps to sign a document, give an item or time. This is where I work or live. An acknowledgment of being in this location for roll call.
Herl is specific to a type of sport fishing, fly fishing to be precise. It is the barb or filament of a feather used to dress a fly.
Herm is not a new term, very archaic, it comes to us from ancient Greece. It refers to a stone pillar, square in shape, which is used as a boundary marker or sign post. Frequently it is topped with a bust of the Greek god Hermes. The god of commerce and trade.
Hero is the main character of a book, movie, or other production that the reader will sympathize with. A person that is idolized and approved for courageous acts and outstanding achievements. A person who overcomes insurmountable odds or dies trying. It is also a generic term for a submarine sandwich. Will the hero who eats your hero still be your hero?
Herp is a mashup of herpetology and reptile. It is used when talking about amphibians and reptiles. It is also slang for a common disease known as herpes.
Herr is a German word meaning sir. It is a title of respect and used to refer to a German man.
Hers indicates that an item or several things belong to a female person or animal.
There they are, ten words with similar sounds and the same first three letters. If you use the wrong word, the reader could feel like they tripped on a root and might fall down, 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 spelling error free and as smooth reading as possible.
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