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Five Commonly Confused Words in English
The English language is awash with words that are erroneously, but in some cases widely, considered to be interchangeable. This is often not the case, and a misused word can jar on the eye of the reader, particularly on a platform where many of those readers are writers themselves. Here are five pairs of words that are often used incorrectly.
Brannigan and Murphy: Wrongly Convicted on Fabricated Police Evidence
Let me take you on a journey back in time. To 1879, when Victoria was on the throne, Disraeli sat in Number Ten, and Joseph Swan of Newcastle had recently announced his invention of the incandescent light bulb.
The Sailor Who Chose Death Over prison
Victorian prisons were brutal places, where solitude and servitude were the orders of the day. The state got its own back on those who had flouted the law, by having them perform pointless, demeaning and physically demanding tasks. And, for those who dared rebel against the regime, there was a punishment diet of bread and water, which the prisoner would partake of in solitary confinement.
Five Murderers Who Put a Noose Around Their Own Necks
Back in the days when a conviction for murder in England usually meant a date with the hangman, the murderer had to take meticulous care to avoid detection. Some got clean away with their crimes, while others left police with very little to go on. Then there were those who simply lacked the nous to avoid the noose. As these fatal errors show, some carried out their plans in such an amateurish way that on being convicted they may well have laughed all the way to the condemned cell.
The Day I was Taken Away
It was Friday, a few days into the new year. I was sixteen-years-old, and it was a momentous day for me. At 2.00 pm, a social worker, Mr. Harvey, was going to take me away from my parents to a children’s home some eight miles away. My persistent truancy had become an issue that exceeded the length of my school’s tether.
Pop Music: The Soundtrack to My Childhood
I fell in love with pop music at an early age. My young ears regularly listened appreciatively to chart hits that my parents had illicitly recorded from the radio onto a reel-to-reel tape recorder. These included Sacha Distel’s This Guy’s in Love With You, Chris Montez’s The More I See You and The Green Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones. My real love during those formative years was, however, The Beatles.
Too Cool for School
It was way too sunny to spend the day cooped up in a classroom. Having been raised on comics in which characters often played truant to go on fishing trips or similar adventures, I decided to emulate them. I went into school to get my attendance mark on the register, and then I sneaked off.
The Boy Who Thought He Could Fly
While sitting alone on his doorstep, five-year-old Daniel had had what he thought was his best and most original idea yet. He wondered if it would be possible to jump into the air, and then, while in mid-air, jump again, and then again. With a mental image of himself soaring upwards, repeatedly jumping in the manner of a flea, Daniel set about putting his flying boy theory to the test. He just needed a platform from which to launch himself.