Descent vs. Decent vs. Dissent
Wrong: He seems like a descent enough person.
Right: He seems like a decent enough person.
Descent (duh-SENT or dee-SENT) is the act of moving from a higher place to a lower one, while decent (DEE-sent) means satisfactory, proper, modest, or respectable. Dissent (dih-SENT) means disagreement. A mountain climber wouldn’t want to descend too quickly. Ideally, he should use a decent rate of descent and avoid dissent with his fellow climbers.
Ascent vs. Assent
Wrong: I got his ascent to proceed.
Right: I got his assent to proceed.
More next time!