Rumi and roomy 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.
Rumi (pronounced “roo-mee”) is a proper noun. It means Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi, a 13th century Persian poet. In the West, he is simply referred to as Rumi. He is as famous as England’s Shakespeare.
NOTE: Persia has been called Iran since 1935. Persia‘s history dates back to the 6th century BC, and its geographic location is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world.
As a proper noun, the first letter should always be capitalized when written. This applies to the names of people, events, or places.
Roomy (pronounced “roo-mee”) is an adjective. It is used to describe spaciousness of an interior. If a person uses it to describe a space, usually that room is not spacious at all, like a tiny affordable apartment in a city.
The following story uses both words correctly:
He discovered the book of Rumi’s poetry in his new roomy apartment. It had slipped under the radiator by the window. The last tenant had likely made a hasty exit on the 31st and forgotten it.
Once the futon, a floor lamp, and five boxes were brought upstairs, he was technically moved in. It was a good thing he didn’t own a lot of furniture, because there wasn’t space for it in this 700 square feet space. But it was all he could afford fresh out of school, and it was convenient to his new job. He opened a soda, opened the book, and took a break. The first line read:
“A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.”
Well, that was oddly appropriate.