Stinking words you hate had a spotlight on their home page yesterday to a quiz called “12 of the cruelest confusing words–  The English language can be cruel, can’t it?”

Everyone has those “stinking words” that they just cannot get right.  For me, it’s brought and bought.  I just don’t know why I can’t get them straight.  I am an educated woman, but these two words, as my beta readers can attest to, always seem to elude me.  For some reason, my characters always seem to have “brought” something from the store, or they bought a toy with them on a trip.  If given a chance, I will always reverse them.

Here’s the definitions:


brought/verb–simple past tense and past participle of bring

bought/verb–simple past tense and past participle of buy


Now, after staring at them, I noticed something… Bring/brought  Buy/Bought…  Bring and Brought both start with a “br”.  Will knowing this help me in the future?  Honestly, probably not.  I don’t even think of these words when I am writing.  They just fly out of my fingers, and the spell check does not catch them, so I don’t even think about it.

 So, I am going to blame it on my fingertips.  I know the difference.  It’s my fingertips that refuse to type them right.


4 responses to “Stinking words you hate

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  2. Oh so true! I’m an English major and taught English for several years in various private schools, but I still have problems spelling exaggerate (exagerrate? exaggerrate?) and occasion (occassion?) I like your decision to blame it on the fingertips. Works for me!

    • I’m an English Major too, so of course, it cannot be ME! Those fingertips have a mind of there own sometimes. (Especially at 2:00 in the morning when I start to get tired) Ha Ha!

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