Sunday, August 31, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (Part 55)

Still with me? If so, here are some more words:

Momento vs. Memento

Wrong: Let’s get a momento of our trip.

Right: Let’s get a memento of our trip.

Momento is simply a misspelling (and mispronunciation) of memento. A memento is a keepsake, reminder, or souvenir. Think of memento as being short for “memorable moment.”

Lightening vs. Lightning

Wrong: Did you hear about lightening striking the church steeple?

Right: Did you hear about lightning striking the church steeple?

Lightening refers to the process of something becoming lighter (lightening a load, or lightening a shade of paint, for example). Lightning, on the other hand, is an electrostatic discharge between two clouds or between a cloud and the ground.

I have plenty more words and phrases to share with you , so come back soon.


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