Drizzle and dazzle 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.
Drizzle (pronounced “drih-zuhl”) has multiple meanings.
- As a verb, it means to pour very hard and persistently, like heavy rain.
- As a verb, it can also mean to pour a liquid generously over a surface. Imagine pouring maple syrup over pancakes, or hot fudge over a bowl of ice cream.
- As a noun,
Dazzle (pronounced “da-zuhl”; rhymes with frazzle) has multiple meanings.
- As a verb, it means to really impress or bowl over someone. This can be with memorable behavior, gifts, displays or gestures.
- A related adjective, “dazzling”, describes someone or something with an amazing quality.
The following story uses both words correctly:
Diza aimed to dazzle the application board at an Ivy League school. She applied early. She had a cornucopia of extracurricular activities, both charitable and recreational. She played the cornet. She was also an accomplished volleyball and golf player. Sure enough, she was accepted quickly. Her letter arrived one afternoon, just as the rain started to really drizzle. She didn’t care, she ran for the mailbox and opened the envelope right there.