Writing Tip 106: Tenant vs Tenet

tenant vs tenetIf you hold a tenant close to your heart, you might not be a good landlord. Just sayin’.

In case you’ve ever wondered which word is the one you really need, you’re confusion is understandable. Both words come from the same Latin root, tenere, which means “to hold.” It’s just a matter of holding beliefs (tenet) or holding a lease (tenant).

Are there any other words that make you wonder if you’re using the right one?