Easily Confused Words: Divot vs. Duvet

Divot and duvet 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.

Divot (pronounced “dih-vutt”) is a noun. In golf, it means a half-spherical hole made in the turf by a swinging golf club.

Duvet (pronounced “due-vehy”) is a noun. It means a thick, down-filled quilt or blanket used in bedding.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Divina came home from work to find her lawn had a divot in it, and a hole had been cut in her duvet. She asked her son, Didier, if he knew about these things. He said he had been looking for worms in the grass. With the duvet, he wanted to know what was in there, and if it was real cotton or not. She just shook her head. 

“I need you to wait until I get home and ask me about this stuff,” she said.


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