Mucus vs. mucous
Wrong: The flames seared the mucus membranes in his nose.
Right: The flames seared the mucous membranes in his nose.
Mucous (adjective) membranes secrete mucus (noun). Hey, I don’t make this stuff up….
Poo-poo vs. pooh-pooh vs. pupu
Wrong: You always poo-poo new ideas.
Right: You always pooh-pooh new ideas.
Poo-poo is what an infant does in its diaper, while pooh-pooh is what you do to an idea you don’t like. Pupu is a selection of snacks served on a platter in a Chinese restaurant. Just make sure they serve you a pupu platter, and not a poo-poo platter! (I’d ask for my money back on that one….)
Perogative vs. prerogative
Wrong: That’s your perogative.
Right: That’s your prerogative.
Perogative is a simple misspelling of prerogative.
That's it for now. Come back for more next time.