Easily Confused Words: Lore vs. Loire

Lore and Loire 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.

Lore is a noun. It means a set of stories, typically making up the background of a state or organization. For example, a country’s history, a religion’s core beliefs, or other background or foundational literature.

Loire is a proper noun. Pronounced “Lwar,” it means the longest river in France.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Lawrence was fascinated by French history and lore, so he left his native Vancouver and move to Chalonnes in his early twenties. After bumming around from job to job, he ultimately became the new leadership at a Loire Valley vineyard.


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