Easily Confused Words: Valor vs. Velour

Valor and velour 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.

Valor is an adjective. It describes a person who demonstrates courage, boldness, and determination.

Velour is a noun. It is a synthetic fabric that imitates velvet. Unlike velvet it’s more flexible and stretchable, thinner, and can be machine washed. Winter blankets, stuffed animals, and clothing are just three things that are made with velour.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Vachel was a remarkable soldier on the battlefield, always demonstrating valor under the toughest circumstances. When he came home, he started a career in ready to wear fashion. His first fall collection focused on velour and jersey ready to wear separates. 

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