Easily Confused Words: Nosh vs. Knish

Nosh and knish 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.

Nosh (pronounced “nawsh”; rhymes with gosh, posh) is a verb. It means to snack, or snack on something between meals.

Knish (pronounced “nihsh”, alternative pronunciation “kuh-nihsh”; rhymes with fish, dish, wish) is a fried or baked cake of meat, sausage, potatoes, other vegetables, or a comobination of meat and vegetables. It comes from Poland, and can be found on the menus of Jewish delis in the US.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Knute had been trying to cut back on carbs, fat, and white colored foods in an effort to lose weight before the holidays. After weeks of dieting, though, he needed a break. He had a cheat day where he noshed on knishes, poutine, french fries, and cheese pizza.

 This post relates to another post: Easily Confused Words: Niche vs. Knish

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