Easily Confused Words: Glutes vs. Gluten

Glutes and gluten 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.

Glutes (pronounced “glewts) is slang. It is the shortened form of the noun “gluteus maximus,” the muscles found in the human buttocks.

Gluten (pronounced “glew-ten”) is a noun. It means the sticky, tough part of flour that remains when starch is removed. In the last 20 years, US processed food has offered more gluten-free alternatives for people with sensitive digestive systems.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Glyn was looking to get in better shape in the new year. He cut gluten from his diet, and increased his vegetable intake. He started running. He hydrated more often. He started running. He also strength trained, focusing on his shoulders, his glutes,  and his legs. After one month, he started seeing results. 


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