Confused words: A to C

During proofreading I frequently come across some words that have been confused time and again. This is the first part of an occasional series looking at a few examples and I will start alphabetically with words beginning A to C. Affect / effect “Affect” as a verb means to alter or influence, while “effect” as … Continue reading Confused words: A to C

Confused words: Principal or principle?

This confusion is also something I see frequently while proofreading. In fact, I have just completed proofreading an article where it was spelled correctly only once out of twelve incidences of the word over two pages! Principal is a noun meaning ‘chief’ or ‘most important’ person, such as in ‘the principal [head teacher] of the … Continue reading Confused words: Principal or principle?