8 Commonly Confused Words
Credit to the good folks at In Our Write Minds for posting the cool graphic below. It’s a handy reminder about commonly confused words.
As an aside: I don’t recall anyone I know confusing “flair and flare,” but I suppose it’s possible.
Also, I am of the opinion that the distinction between lie and lay is fast becoming obsolete. I haven’t checked, but I am guessing that lay as a present tense, intransitive verb is already listed in dictionaries. When more people use a word “incorrectly” than use it “correctly” (e.g., I think I’ll lay down for a nap) over many years, they eventually cease being incorrect because common usage wins out and becomes formally accepted.
Do you know anyone who commands his dog to lie down?
This kind of thing still matters to many people though; so, I recommend at least understanding the traditional distinction between lie and lay. In fact, I included it in my own recently published list of commonly confused words.
Source: Online Schooling