Easily Confused Words: Logger vs. Lager

Logger and lager 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’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.

Logger is noun. It means someone who works in the timber industry, cutting trees. It’s another word for lumberjack.

Lager is a noun. It means a dark beer aged from 6 weeks to 6 months. Yuengling Lager and Sam Adams Boston Lager are two of the most famous American lagers.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Legrand was a fifth generation logger in the Pacific Northwest. After a long day with his peers, he would visit the local watering hole for a lager and shot the breeze with the bartender, Lionel.

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