Easily Confused Words: Meteor vs. Meatier

Meteor vs. Meatier are easily confused words.

The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.

Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It suggests what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions couldn’t be more off base and produces humorous results.

Meteor is a noun. It is a shooting or falling star. When a very large meteor enters our atmosphere and impacts Earth, it can cause massive damage. When meteors pass through our atmosphere, as in a meteor shower, it’s an incredible spectacle to watch.

Meatier is an adjective. Among two dishes, it would be describe the one containing more meat. In writing circles, a story can be described as “meatier” if it’s got more complicated, intriguing content compared to most news.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Meredith, a local journalist, was tasked with covering community attention to last week’s meteor shower. She begrudingly fulfilled the assignment. She hoped to get tasked with higher-level, meatier stories in the future. 

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