Quartz and quarts 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.
Quartz (“kwartzhh”) is a noun. It is a solid rock made of silicon dioxide. Pure quartz is colorless and fully translucent. Quartz is used in watch mechanics, interior and exterior design of buildings, and in jewelry and other precious stone art.
Colorful and patterned quartz gets its hues from impurities of other minerals.
- Chalcedony is a varying shades of blue and aqua.
- Bloodstone is a deep earthy red and very opaque.
- Amethyst is a lilac to lavender purple, and the birthstone of February.
- Citrine is a golden orange, and the birthstone of November.
Quarts (pronounced “kwohrts” or “kwarts”) is the plural form of the noun quart. A quart is a liquid measurement. It equates to two US pints, or four US cups. Four quarts make up a gallon.
The following story uses both words correctly:
Querida prepared several quarts of lemonade for the workers who would be installing her new quartz countertops tomorrow afternoon. She was so excited! She would finally be getting a kitchen like those of celebrity chefs on television.