Ravage vs Ravish

Writing Tip 224: “Ravish” vs. “Ravage”

If you’re talking ‘bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above, you might be tackling this thing called “love,” but here’s a hint: if you’re writing about a lover ravaging another, it’s not a happy love story. To take it up a notch—and maybe a few […]


Short shift vs short shrift

Writing Tip 223: “Short Shift” vs. “Short Shrift”

If you’re working nine to five, you don’t have a short shift. Depending on your job, you might feel like you’re often given short shrift, though. If you go out shopping, maybe you could buy a short shift dress. You wouldn’t want to buy a short shrift dress, because one, it doesn’t sound like a […]


Burned vs. Burnt

Writing Tip 222: “Burned” vs. “Burnt”

Some days are full of social media burns so severe people are looking for ointment. Other days, people are posting Pinterest fails of recipes gone wrong. But the word that comes up again and again is that “burn.” Have you ever been “burned” by bad spelling? Ever been “burnt” by it? Is there a difference?


Toe the Line vs. Tow the Line

Writing Tip 221: “Toe the Line” vs. “Tow the Line”

If this expression brings to mind a great heave-ho of a rope, you might be thinking about (and spelling) this expression incorrectly. Reminder: The idiom meaning “to do what is expected” or “to follow the established rules” is correctly spelled “toe the line.”


Manner vs Manor

Writing Tip 220: “Manner” vs. “Manor”

It’s time to mind our manners, everyone, and today, I’m not just talking about communicating with respect. I’m talking about knowing the difference between “manner” vs. “manor.” Communicating with your pinkie up in the air isn’t quite cutting it here.


Internment vs. Interment vs. Internship - cheetah

Writing Tip 219: “Internment” vs. “Interment” vs. “Internship”

Some typos—like turning “emulate” into “immolate”—take a dark turn, but then you have other typos that are dark no matter what way you look at them. “Internment” vs. “interment” is one such example.


"Buck Naked" vs. "Butt Naked"

Writing Tip 218: “Buck Naked” vs. “Butt Naked”

I’m just saying, folks, there are a lot of butts where they shouldn’t be. And I’m not talking about politics or seating arrangements. Just like “nip it in the bud,” the expression “buck naked” is often misspoken and mistyped with a reference to the buttocks that simply isn’t there.