The most common word confusion is that between accept and except.
And it is easy enough to mistype except and expect. God knows, I had to keep checking this post to make sure I had the proper juxtaposition of letters throughout!
Tricks to Distinguish Between Accept, Except, Excerpt, & Expect
There’s something about the acc- in accept that feels comfortable, accepting which goes toward its definition of receiving something. The ex- in except has a negative feel…I always think ex-spouse. Someone I’d want to exclude from memory, lol.
As for excerpt, it’s the rpt. For some reason my mind jumbles that around to part, and since excerpt is only a part of something…well, it’s a no-brainer.
As for expect…it has a waiting-ish feel to it. I feel as though I’m hovering, waiting for the rest of the word to arrive.
I accept the terms of your offer, but I wish to except the clause calling for repayment of the deposit.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster: expect|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, intransitive & transitive||Conjunction 1; Preposition 2;
Verb, transitive 3
Verb, transitive 5
|Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|Take what’s offered
Consent to receive a thing offered
Believe or come to recognize an opinion, explanation, etc., as valid or correct
Used before a statement that forms an exception to one just made
A short extract from a film, broadcast, or piece of music or writing
To look forward
To be pregnant
Anticipate or look forward to the coming or occurrence of
Tim offered Brian a lift home and he accepted.
He would accept their offer and see what happened.
Ronald is a good match and she ought to accept him.
The college accepted her as a student.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
The Harvard literati never accepted him as one of them.
Vending machines that accepted 100-yen coins for cans of beer are few and far between.
This tentative explanation came to be accepted by the group.
It is accepted that aging is a continuous process.
Jenkins is willing to accept his responsibility.
He accepts that he made a mistake.
They accepted the need to cut expenses.
I didn’t tell him anything, except that I needed the money.
Our berets were the same except mine had a leather band inside.
She never offered advice, except it were asked of her.
You will languish in Hell except you repent.
The town of Hilarity was inaccessible except by boat.
I would go except that you’ll be gone longer than I can be away.
They work every day except Sunday.
We get the paper daily except Sundays.
The stores are open daily except the major holidays.
Triskell put together an excerpt of the story.
This is an excerpt of the whole.
Just read the excerpt. It’ll give you an idea of what it’s about.
She’s expecting next month.
He expects the stock market to sink further.
He expect that farmers will harvest 63 million acres of hay.
They were not expecting him to continue.
Celia was expecting a visitor.
We expect great things of you.
We expect employers to pay a reasonable salary.
They’re just friends of his, I expect.
I expect you know them?
Mary is expecting a baby.
It’s only to be expected. You know her mama…
What can you expect?
We were expecting them any minute now.
I had expected the cab to be here by now.
Noun: acceptation, accepter
Verb, transitive: reaccept
Adjective: exceptionable, exceptional, unexceptionable, unexceptional
Noun: exception, exceptionality, unexceptionableness
Noun: excerption, excerpter, excerptor
|Adjective: expectable, unexpected
Adverb: expectably, expectedly, unexpectedly
Noun: expectedness, unexpectedness
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 14th century
Late Middle English from the Latin acceptare, an iterative of accipere meaning take something to oneself, from ad- (to) + capere (take).
|1 First known use: 15th century||4 First known use: 1627||First known use was in 1560 and based on the sense defer action or wait from the Latin exspectare meaning look out for, from ex- (out) + spectare (to look) (iterative of specere meaning see).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?