Easily Confused Words: Summery vs. Summary

Summery and summary 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.

Summery is an adjective. It describes things or traits of the second season of the year: sunshine, warmth, abundant crops, cold drinks, and hot temperatures. For example, summery clothes are lightweight, with loosely knit or highly breathable fabric.

Summary is a noun. It means a brief synopsis or encapsulation of a longer piece of writing.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Simeon loved drawing out and designing the collections for Sultan Kultan fashion line for each season. Their latest Summery 2018 Resort Collection was no exception.

Writing copy for the runway presentation materials was another story, though. Stores and their representatives expected to be dazzled by the clothes, but that wasn’t all. The copy, like the summary in their programs at the show, had to transport buyers as well. Translating visuals from paper to fabric was something Simeon had a knack for. Putting words together was much harder.  If the words fell flat, people might pass on the clothes and see what the competition had to offer. 

After hours of wracking his brain, Simeon gave up. He called his friend, Stefano, a real wordsmith, for help.


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