Bore and Boar are easily confused words. The autocorrect function on mobile phones, and spell-check applications in word-processing programs won’t necessarily catch a slip-up of these words. If it’s a word and that word is spelled correctly, even if it’s totally wrong contextually, spell-check keeps looking. Autocorrect interjects what word it thinks you want after you’ve typed 2-3 letters. Sometimes it’s right, but quite often it’s wrong.
Bore is a verb with multiple meanings. First, it means to be dull, uninteresting, and even sleep-inducing.
Secondly, it means to drill a hole in a surface.
Bore can also be a noun. When you find something, or someone, not that interesting to listen to, that thing or that person is being a “bore.”
Boar is a noun with a couple meanings, both relate to pigs. In domesticated pigs (aka farm animals), a boar is a fertile male. In nature, a boar is a wild pig. Boars in the wild usually have thick, shaggy fur, big tusks, and can be anywhere from 200-400 pounds.
The following story uses both words correctly:
Beauregard thought his Civil War lectures were captivating. Actually, his students were bored out of their minds and praying something would interrupt them, like an escaped boar bursting in at any moment.
I’ve been creating an e-class with my husband called The Remote Worker IT Toolbox. If you want to check out some free lectures for our class, here’s some links: the first is Google Drive and the second is Security and Passwords.
There’s also a companion website, WifiWorkerBees.com, and a Twitter account, @WifiWorkerBees. We’ve both been posting stories about remote work, digital nomads, co-working spaces, and remote working trends in our own Twitter feeds as well to build a community focused on remote work.
The last six months have involved brand brainstorming, doodling logos, fine-tuning said doodles in graphics software (for a final logo I am very proud of), writing courses, creating presentations, and rehearsing presentations to sound more at ease on camera, then editing those videos and posting them online. That was all a lot of work, a lot of I hadn’t done before (talking to a webcam, video editing, writing a class) and next comes the marketing!
Easily Confused Words will be making a return in the next couple days.
Thanks for reading!
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 27, 2014, AT 1:34 P.M.
Bale and Bail are homophones and easily confused words. The spell-check of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up among these three words. As long as it’s a word and it is spelled correctly, spell-check keeps on scanning the document.
Bale is a noun. It means a bundle of cotton or hay on a farm.
Bail is a noun. It means the amount of money required to remove someone from prison as they await trial.
The following sentence uses both words correctly:
Billy couldn’t post bail for his arrest; he was caught stealing a farmer’s truck containing over 50 bales of cotton.