Easily Confused Words: Thyme vs. Time

Thyme vs. Time are easily confused words. They are homophones, meaning they sound alike, but are spelled differently and they mean different things.

They are also easily confused words. The spell-check application in word-processing software doesn’t catch words that are spelled correctly even if the other word should have been used in that context.

Thyme (pronounced “tie-mm”) is a noun, it means an herb with tiny green leaves. Frequently, the leaves are plucked from the stems for use in cooking. For soups and sauces, you can actually add the whole stalk, the leaves remove themselves as they simmer, and release their essence.

Time (pronounced “tie-mm”) is a noun, meaning what’s made up of seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades, and centuries. The units that make up a life from birth to death.

The following sentence uses both words correctly:

The time to add thyme in a recipe is earlier, not later.



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