This week I look at even more commonly confused words in tale of desperation and bloodshed.
COUNCILLOR vs COUNSELLOR
Councillor – a member of council:
With Barry’s unexpected departure, there was suddenly a vacancy open for a new shire councillor.
Counsellor – an advisor:
Barry’s friends thought perhaps he should have seen a counsellor instead of running away to avoid his problems.
ELICIT vs ILLICIT
Elicit – to call forth:
Following the astonishing discovery of his embezzlement, Barry managed to elicit much speculation and anger.
Illicit – something illegal
Of course, finding out Barry had been engaged in illicit conduct certainly explained his hasty departure!
GRISLY vs GRIZZLY
Grisly – gruesome, inspiring horror or disgust:
Eventually the grisly truth emerged; Barry had a rampant gambling problem and owed mob boss Killer Ken over $846,000 in unpaid gambling debt!!
Grizzly – streaked with grey:
Barry was now hiding in the South of France and had grown a grizzly beard to help disguise his appearance.
LIGHTENING vs LIGHTNING
Lightening – to decrease in weight or colour:
Barry also started lightening his hair to complete his new look.
Lightning – the discharge of electricity in the sky:
Despite Barry’s clever disguise, Killer Ken’s contacts found out where he was hiding and they took off after him like a bolt of lightning.
PRISE vs PRIZE
Prise – to force open:
After tracking Barry to a small apartment in St Tropez, Killer Ken ordered his thugs to prise open the door so he could get inside.
Prize – a thing of value:
At last, Killer Ken had found his prize; Barry sat inside the apartment with a look of resignation on his face.
TO vs TOO
To – a preposition; a word which links nouns, pronouns and phrases:
“You’re a hard man to track down”, declared Killer Ken. “We went to a great deal of trouble to find you.”
Too – excessively or “also”:
“It’s too bad it has to end this way”, Killer Ken continued, “but now we’re here, we’re going to get my money back and sort you out too!”
Who’s – the shortened version of “who is” or “who has”:
Who’s got the answers to what happened next and who’s ever going to tell?
Whose – the possessive form of “who”:
We may never know whose gun fired first and whose blood was spilled on the floor…
And so ends our tale of Councilman Barry and mob boss Killer Ken.
While we may never know what happened in the end, you can rest assured that we’ll explore even more commonly confused words in the coming months.