Acquisitions and accusations 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.
Acquisitions (pronounced “ack-kwihz-ih-shuns”) is the plural form of the noun “acquisition.” It means something purchased, often by a business or other organization, from another business or organization. So acquisitions would indicate multiple purchases.
Accusations (pronounced “ack-yoo-zay-shuns”) is the plural form of the noun “accusation.” An accusation is a claim of wrongdoing, often rule-breaking or illegal in nature. So accusations would mean multiple claims of wrongdoing made by one or more people against someone or something else.
The following story uses both words correctly:
While updating accounting records for her company, Ackerleigh discovered that acquisitions made by the boss were rather exotic and lavish given their firm’s income.
Was it possible that rumors and accusations of money laundering were legitimate? That was disheartening. He didn’t want to believe it. This was his first job out of college. So he ran the numbers again, only to reach the same results. Oh god. What should he do now?!