Now I know you all know the difference between a pear and a pair of scissors, but obviously someone had a problem. In fact EASL people by no means have a corner of this market and I have ofter confused compliment and complement or farther and further myself, among others. These are two that I always search and double-check in a completed manuscript, knowing my propensity for getting them wrong.
Homonyms, words that sound alike, but that are spelled differently and that have different meanings, can certainly trip any of us up. Worse, spell check will not find them for you, because they spell real words and are not "mistakes" in spelling.
Below is a list of the most often confused words. Are any of your own particular bugbears on the list?
Alright/all right - alright is a misspelling
Alter (n)/altar (v)
Ascent (n)/assent (v)
Awhile - never use a while
Bazaar (n)/bizarre (adj)
Blonde (n)/blond (adj)
Coarse (adj)/course (n)
Criteria/criterion - criteria is plural of criterion
Discreet (tactful)/discrete (separate)
Emigrate (leave)/immigrate (enter)
Formally (manner)/formerly (previous)
Imminent (about to happen)/eminent (distinguished)
Naïve (adj)/naivete (n)