Easily Confused Words: Edition vs. Addition

Edition and addition 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.

Edition (pronounced “ih-dih-shun”) is a noun. It means a version of a book, magazine, journal, or e-publication.

Addition (pronounced “uhdih-shun”) is a noun.

  • It can mean the mathematical subject involving combining numbers to obtain a sum.
  • It can mean something added on to an existing creation or structure.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Addison was considering putting a new addition on his house. He was checking out possibilities in the last three editions of Architectural Digest magazine, and photos on Houzz.com.


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