By Philip Gooden

Who is Whose? is an wonderful and simple consultant to the main in general stressed phrases in English this present day, with actual examples of excellent and undesirable utilization to make ameliorations crystal-clear. The Embarrassment ranking interested by every one mistake is incorporated, including a proof of why the confusion occurs and the way to prevent it sooner or later. So when you distrust (or distrust?) your spellchecker and need to keep up or enhance your written English, this is often the correct spouse for you.

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28 AUTHORISED, AUTHORITARIAN or AUTHORITATIVE These adjectives are connected to the noun authority. All appear in different contexts, two conveying a kind of approval and the other being critical. The first and third are particularly likely to be confused. Authorised means ‘proper’, ‘permitted by recognised authority’: The inspectors made an authorised visit to the nuclear plant. Authorised is frequently tagged to biographical revelations, where it suggests that the author has been given access to the subject’s life and secrets, warts and all.

Guardian) As a noun chaff – pronounced with a short ‘a’ – has several meanings. , the useless part) and is widely used in the phrase ‘sorting the wheat from the chaff ’. Chaff is the metal 53 foil scattered by fighter planes to deceive enemy radar. And, more generally, it describes ‘anything which is worthless’. As a verb, to chaff is to ‘make fun of ’ (in a gentle way): . . cuddling his fragile mother and chaffing his once-feared father, now 85. (Daily Telegraph) Don’t get the two confused. In this next sentence, the weights were apparently teasing the expert’s thighs: The unfortunate expert suffered chaffing [should be chafing] to his thighs from the weights.

Guardian) Embarrassment rating: ᭹᭹᭻, because breach is a common word – and if you put breech in error, then unavoidable images of climbing into a gun or a pair of trousers come to mind. How to avoid: A breach is a break, and may be literal or metaphorical. g. part of a rifle. ). Bridal means ‘relating to a bride’. A bridle is ‘part of a horse’s headgear’, and therefore ‘anything which restrains’. A bridle path is one on which horses can be led or ridden. Embarrassment rating: ᭹᭹᭺ The joke will be on the user if he/she writes about ‘bridle wear’ (obviously an interesting wedding night is planned).

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