Angina and anhinga 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.
Angina (pronounced “ann-jeye-nuh”) is a noun. It’s a medical word. It’s a term for when a person feels a choking or suffocating sensation, which is related to tightness and painful muscle spasms.
Angina pectoris specifically means tightness in your heart and chest area that’s caused by clogged arteries, aka, arteriosclerosis.
Anhinga (pronounced “an-hihng-uh”) is a noun. It means a brownish black shorebird with a long neck found in marshes and swamps. Anhingas swim and dive underwater for fish. They stand on the shoreline or perch in trees, holding their wings aloft for air drying. Here’s a video by FrontYardVideo. 9At the end of it, you can see an anhinga, which has a straight, spearlike beak, next to its bird cousin, the cormorant, which has a slightly downturned tip to its beak.)
The following story uses both words correctly:
It was a beautiful day to walk through the Swampwalk park with Grandma. Anahita had looked forward to it all week. She thought she might want to work with wildlife when she grew up.
While they were gazing at egrets and anhingas, Grandma stopped walking. “I need to sit down, Anahita, I don’t feel so good.” She put her hand to her chest. “Just give me a minute, dear, and then we can get back to seeing the animals.”
Anahita suddenly didn’t care so much about the animals. She was scared about her grandma’s condition. She remembered something she just recently learned in school. “Grandma, can I borrow your phone? I think we might need to call for help.” She looked around and saw a park ranger and waved furiously at him. He saw her out of the corner of his eye and walked over.
“How are you doing? I’m Andy. Can I help with something?”
Anahita blurted, “My grandma’s chest hurts and she can’t breathe good. Can you get help?”
“Oh no, that could angina or something else. Yes, I will call the main office to get a team out here as soon as we can.” He pulled out his radio. “Yes this is Andy at Station 5, we need some medical assistance for a guest out here. We don’t think she can walk back to the station.”
“You said Station 5? What is the name of the guest?”
“What are your names?”
“I’m Anahita and this is my grandma, Anara Sadeghi.”
“Yes, it’s Anita—
Andy paused and started again. “Sorry, it’s Ana-hita and Anara Sadeghi. It’s a young lady and her Grandmother at Station 5.”
The voice in his walkie-talkie responded,”We’ll get EMS out there right away.”