Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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cache

hidden stash

cash

money


calendar

chart of days and months

colander

sieve to drain off liquids


can

able to

may

permission to


cannon

large, mounted gun

canon

rule, commandment


canvas

awning cloth, tarp

canvass

to poll; a poll


capital

assets; essential; main city

capitol

statehouse


carat

unit of weight in gemstones

caret

a proofreading mark to show insertion (^)

carrot

edible root

karat

a unit for measuring the fineness of gold


cast (noun, verb)

group of actors; to throw

caste

a social class, a rigid system of social distinctions


cay

a small, low island (also spelled key)

key

a small, low island; instrument for opening locks

quay

(pronounced key) wharf, dock, pier


cede

to surrender

seed

reproductive germ


cell

prison room; basic structural unit of an organism

sell

to exchange for money


censor (verb, noun)

disallow; person who disallows

Example: The soldier's letters were censored before mailing.

censure

to disapprove of; criticize strongly

Example: The children were censured by the principal.

sensor

a device that measures heat, light, etc. and transmits a signal to a control or measuring instrument


cent

a penny

scent

a smell, aroma

sent

transmitted


cereal

breakfast food

serial

a series or array


chance

accident(al)

chants

chorus, melody


chased

went after

chaste

pure, virginal


chews

how one eats food with teeth

choose

to pick


childish

immature

childlike

innocent


Chile

a country in South America

chili

a type of pepper; a dish with peppers in it

chilly

cold, brisk


choral (adj.)

having to do with a chorus or a choir

Example: My choral group meets on Wednesday evenings.

chorale (noun)

a hymn; a group of singers specializing in church music

coral (noun, adj.)

material that makes up reefs; orange color

corral (noun, verb)

a horse pen; to confine


chord

three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously; line segment joining two points on a curve

cord

a rope or strand of flexible material

cored

removed the center of something


chute

an inclined shaft

shoot (verb, noun)

to discharge from a weapon; a stem


cite

to assert; to quote from; to subpoena

sight

vision, the power to see

site

a location or position


classic

important; fundamental

classical

having to do with Greek or Roman antiquity; pertaining to eighteenth-to nineteenth-century music


clause

in grammar, a group of words containing a subject and verb; part of a contract

claws

an animal’s nails


click

a sound

clique

a group


climactic

having to do with the climax

climatic

having to do with the climate


close (verb, adjective)

to shut (pronounced like rose); nearby (pronounced like dose)

clothes

apparel


coarse

rough, lacking in fineness of texture; crude

course

a class; a path


colander

(see calendar)


colonel

an officer in the military

kernel

a seed


complement

completing part of an order

compliment

praise


confidant

someone confided in

confident

certain, sure


connote

to suggest, imply

Example: A growling dog connotes danger.

denote

to be a sign of

Example: Certain clouds denote rain on the way.


consent

(see assent)


continual

repeated but with breaks in between; chronic

Example: The continual problem of our car not starting forced us to sell it.

continuous

without interruption in an unbroken stream of time or space

Example: The continuous dripping of the faucet drove me crazy.


core

center or crucial part

corps

trained group

corpse

dead body


cosign

to sign along with

cosine

a trigonometry term


council

a group of people meeting for a purpose

counsel (verb, noun)

advise; advice, an attorney


creak

a sound

creek

a stream


crews

many groups

cruise

a trip or vacation by sea


criteria

plural of criterion

criterion

a standard for evaluating or testing something


cue

a hint; a stimulus

queue

a line of people waiting


currant

type of small berry

current

up to date


curser

someone who swears or wishes misfortune on another

cursor

a blinking symbol indicating position on a computer screen


Misused Words

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