I have a confession to make. Well, actually it is more of an acknowledgment of a big flaw. I love to write! No, that is not it. My flaw is that I have poor grammar, sometimes poor spelling and more than not, I incorrectly misuse words. Wooh, ok, there , I said it. This does not mean I do not wish to get better at all of these things. To that end, I am sharing this article I found helpful for myself, perhaps you will too!
Would You Back up the Backup?
In this edition of the Top Misused Wordsseries, we are exploring the difference a space can make in changing a word’s usage and even its meaning.
When in doubt, consider whether it’s a noun or a verb. You will find nouns typically occur without a space and verbs will typically maintain a space. However, as with everything in the English language, there are always exceptions.
Without further ado, keep an eye out for these commonly misused words in your article writing!
Setup vs. Set Up
setup – Noun or adjective; the way in which something is organized, planned, or arranged.
Incorrect: The dog threw its cake-covered paws into the air: “It was a set up!”
set up – Verb; to place, raise, assemble, or put forward.
Incorrect: The cat sniggered as it setup the trap.
Breakup vs. Break Up
breakup – Noun; an end to a relationship or a division of a country or organization into smaller units.
Incorrect: Is it the End? How to Deal With a Break Up
break up – Verb; to disperse or cause to separate.
Incorrect: The asteroid is expected to breakup in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Overtime vs. Over Time
overtime – Noun or adverb; time in addition to what’s normal.
Incorrect: In the jaw-dropping match, the Penguins beat the Sea Lions 2-1 in over time.
over time – Preposition; the passage or duration of time.
Incorrect: Quality kazoo technique requires regular practice overtime.
Backup vs. Back Up
backup – Noun; help or support. A person or thing that can be called on if necessary.
Incorrect: I need my back up! Where’s my USB drive?
back up – Verb; to help or support. Adverb; to move in the opposite direction from which you’re facing or traveling.
Incorrect: I had to backup my car so the police officer could backup her partner.
Checkout vs. Check Out
checkout – Noun; a point at which goods are paid for in a store or the latest time for vacating a room in a hotel.
Incorrect: Sebastian patiently stood at the grocery check out.
check out – Verb; to pay for goods and depart or to investigate and prove to be in order.
Incorrect: The owners decided to checkout the dog’s case before punishing him for eating the cake.
Maintain your credibility with your audience by proofreading your articles for these misused words and making any necessary revisions. Do you have any misused words you’d like to see added to theTop Misused Words series? Click here to share them in the comments section – we’d love to hear from you!
|To Your Article Writing Success & Passion!
Penny, Managing Editor