Easily Confused Words: Mete vs. Meat

Mete and meat 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.

Mete is a verb. It means to take a measurement. It can also mean to quantify something.

Meat is a noun. It means the muscle tissue of animals. Most often, it’s used to refer to the muscle tissue of domesticated animals raised for human consumption. In a figurative sense, it can mean content or components: “the meat of the story,” “the meat and potatoes of company revenue”

The following story uses both words correctly:

This post relates to another post: Easily Confused Words: Meet vs. Mete.

Metzli had cut meat from her diet and substituted vegetables for several weeks now. When she meted her BMI, though, she was seeing few improvements. There was definitely more to it than diet changes and more exercise.


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