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Forum Spelling and Grammar Guide


Use the following code:

*Incorrect term vs. correct term
::<i>Example sentence 1</i>
::<i>Example sentence 2</i>


Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.

  • Gorilla vs. Guerrilla
From the Spanish Guerrilla means an irregular party or group fighting a war. Gorilla is the largest ape living in the World.
The guerrilla fighters spent many months in the hills harrying the army's supply lines
The gorillas spent many months hidden from the cameras until Jodie Foster found them.
  • Roll vs. Role
One is something you do with dice. The other is something you play with other boys.
That model's role on the battlefield is to tie up enemy units.
That model rolls lots of dice for saves in close combat.
  • There vs. Their vs. They're.
One is an adverb commonly used to define a place. The second is a possessive adjective. The third is a contraction of "They Are."
I will move my unit there.
Their weapons have a range of 24 inches.
They're going to play a game


  • Angle vs. Angel
An angle is the space between two lines diverging from a common point, while an angel is a celestial attendant to god. The two are often mistaken for each other due to typing too fast or because the user suffers from fat fingerstm syndrome.
The Blood Angels are one of the Imperium's most feared Chapters of Space Marines.
The Blood Angles is the nickname for a dangerous mountain roadway that youths frequently use for illegal street racing.
  • Artillary vs. Artillery
"Artillery" is the correct spelling when you're talking about the big guns.
  • Calvary vs. Cavalry
For the christian religious folks, they'll be happy to know that Jesus Christ did not die on a mountain of horse infantry, but rather on Mt. Calvary. For the rest of you, you have no excuse.
The cavalry charged from the hill onto the field, winning the battle.
Mt. Calvary is revered by Christians.
  • Definitely vs. Definately
Definitely means "free of all ambiguity". Definately is a misspelling.
I definitely can spell definitely.
I definitely can't spell definately.
  • Definitely vs. Defiantly
Definitely is an adverb that is based on the adjective "definite" and shows that something is free of ambiguity. Defiantly is an adverb that is based on the adjective "defiant" and shows that someone is boldly resisting authority.
We definitely finished that game. There was no question who had won.
We defiantly finished playing our game. Even though time was called, we just kept rolling the dice until we were done.
  • Except vs. Expect
When you except things, the thing being excepted is being excluded. When you expect things you are looking forward to something probable.
Everyone gets to play in this tournament, except you, Hordini.
We expect at least one loser to ruin the tournament.
  • Loose vs. Lose
Loose is something that is ill-fitting or not snug. Lose is the negative possible outcome of a contest. This confusion is due to laziness, the texting generation, and the general failure of English teachers to beat their students (I'm looking at you, Malfred).
My pants are too loose, and I've been showing some buttcrack all day.
I'm so glad I didn't lose that game!
Iorek's loose sexuality isn't the same as losing his virginity to various kitchen appliances. Or is it?
  • Moral vs. Morale
Morals are principles of right and wrong conduct. Morale is emotional or mental condition, especially in the face of hardship. I'd guess the confusion arises because moral is a much more commonly used word than morale, so when people who are unfamiliar with the term morale try to write it, the first thing that pops into their head is moral. The moral of this story is that one letter often means the difference between two totally different words.
Little Joe has such poor morals, he sees nothing wrong with shoplifting to support his prodigious miniature gaming addiction.
The morale of Joe the Tau Firewarrior significantly dropped as he soiled himself at the sight of the charging Khorne Bezerker.
  • Ordinance vs. Ordnance
Ordnance is a term referring to military supplies, such as weaponry, vehicles, ammunition, tools and equipment. An ordinance is a rule laid down by a local authority. This confusion arises from people not bothering to learn the difference, dammit.
The Battle Cannon on a Leman Russ is an ordnance weapon.
My homeowner's association has some pretty silly ordinances.
  • Rouge vs. Rogue
People often transpose the g and u in Rogue (thief or dastardly fellow) and come up with the word Rouge (French for the word red, often implying heavily applied makeup).
The rouge trader walked the streets at night selling their various make-up powders.
The rogue trader traveled the galaxy dealing in both arms and goods.
  • Teh vs. The
Dear God my eyes why do they BURN SO MUCH?!?!
Teh kewlness R gud LOLOMFWTFBBQ!!1
The article of the sentence is rather important.
  • Turrent vs. Turret
I have no idea where this spelling for the word Turret came from. Somebody mentioned it and suddenly a quick search on Dakka revealed all.
I totally have a cool turret on my predator.
Wtf, man, turrent ain't even a word!


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