When I was young and naïve and (okay, it happened only 12 months ago), I wrote that someone’s services were complimentary.
The ever-gracious business owner pointed out that his services were not free. And I cursed the existence of words that sound the same but are spelled differently.
I also became far savvier about this special species of words. Here are some of them!
Practise versus Practice
Practise: Used to describe carrying out an activity or skill.
- “I need to practise writing words that sound similar.”
Practice: The application of something.
- “Great writing is a practice that takes time.”
- “The doctor’s practice was closed.”
Tip: Practice includes the word ICE. Ice is a “thing” or noun and a “practice” is a noun too.
License versus Licence
License: The action of granting a licence. (This makes it a verb.)
- “The music had to be licensed.”
Licence: A permit to do or use a particular thing. (This makes it a noun.)
- “I have a driver’s licence.”
Stationary versus Stationery
Stationary: Not moving.
Stationery: Pens, paper and all the cool stuff we never use anymore.
If you have any other freakish words you’d like me to delve into, please send me an email.
I hope you enjoyed this complimentary blog! (Tee hee.)
Sarah and the Verbasers