Easily Confused Words

Easily Confused Words: Succor vs. Success

Succor and success 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.

Succor (pronounced “”suh-kuhr”) has multiple meanings.

  • As a noun, it means help, aid, or assistance given to another person, or a larger group of people.
  • As a verb, it means to give help or aid.

Success (pronounced “suhck-sess”) is a noun.

  • It can mean a state of relative comfort and status, usually obtained from a lucrative career or business venture.
  • It can mean good wishes, luck, or fortune in the future, like when someone wishes someone else “success.”

The following story uses both words correctly:

This post relates to another post: Easily Confused Words: Succor vs. Sucker, Easily Confused Words: Succession vs. Secession.

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