Easily Confused Words: Candid vs. Candied

Candid and candied 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.

Candid (pronounced “kan-dihd”) is an adjective. It describes a person’s honesty, frankness, straightforwardness, or truthfulness in speaking.

Candied (pronounced “kan-deed”) is an adjective. It is used to describe food that is rolled in sugar or other sweetener, then cooked. This forms a slightly crunchy crust on the surface.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Candy wasn’t sure how to tell Aunt Candace to adjust her traditional Thanksgiving menu. She’d enjoyed everything in years past as a kid. Now in her 20s, her diet had changed. She wanted to be candid with her aunt, and tell her that the candied yams and other dishes just had too much sugar in them.


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