The letter H is the topic of today's challenge, and since I know a very nice lady's subject is probably hyphens, I'll identify several commonly used words starting with the letter H that sound the same, but are spelled differently and that have a very different meaning. I tell you, it's totally embarrassing writing a query letter and putting in the wrong word that's spelled correctly.
Hair: what grows on one's head or body
Hare: a rabbit
See? They sound the same, and spell check doesn't know the difference between them, but an editor or literary agent will laugh at you when they read your query about that old man with that single hare growing on top of his head. Yeah...
Then there's this mistake.
Have vs. of
Should've, could've, and would've are contraction of should have, could have, and would have. There's no such thing as should of, could of, or would of.
Heal: to cure.
Heel: a part of your foot.
Heroin: an illegal narcotic.
Heroine: female admired for courage or ability.
Hear: to listen.
Here: in this spot.
Herd: a flock of animals.
Hole: an opening.
Whole: entire, complete.
Hour: 60 minutes.
Our: possessive pronoun.
There are so many more words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean something totally different, that I believe English is the hardest language to learn--and it's my first language!
Do you have a favorite misspelled word?