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Confusing Words from Cents to Charred
Would you have cereal or serial for breakfast? Does a teacher use chalk or chock to write on the blackboard? Would chard or charred be served with dinner?
cereus rock cactus, public domain
cents, scents, sense
A cent is 1/100th of one dollar, so cents would be more than one cent.
Heather was so broke, she couldn't even afford the pack of gum that cost only 50 cents.
Scents are distinctive odors, especially agreeable ones.
Out of all the scents that flowed throughout the crowded arena, only one of them was disagreeable.
To sense is to perceive or comprehend.
A dog's sense of smell is much keener than that of a human being.
A cerate is a medicated ointment.
Jilly's doctor prescribed a cerate for the rash.
When you serrate something, you cause it to have grooved edges.
She asked them to serrate the knives she ordered.
cere, sear, seer, sere
A cere is the waxy membrane located at the base of the upper beak in certain birds through which their nostrils open.
Upon examination, it was discovered that the parrot's cere had become plugged with chewing gum.
To sear is to char, burn, or scorch the surface of.
Mark's goal was to perfectly sear the hamburgers on the grill.
A seer is a clairvoyant or prophet.
The seer somehow seemed to know everything that I had ever done.
Sere means withered or dry.
Because of the recent drought, the landscape was bordered with sere vegetation.
Cereal is a breakfast food made from commercially processed grain.
Sharon had trouble deciding which cereal to buy from the wide selection available on the shelves of her grocery store.
Serial describes a series of acts, usually criminal, over a period of time.
The serial killer wasn't caught for twenty very long years.
A cereus is a type of cactus.
A time-lapse video was taken of the night-blooming cereus.
If something is cerous, it contains cerium.
Cerous is a chemistry term.
If there is a cessation of hostilities (or any other activity) then it is stopped.
There needs to be a cessation of talking during the time I am teaching.
A secession is a withdrawing.
The secession of the states from the Union was looked upon as an act of treason.
Cession is the surrendering of rights, property, or territory.
The cession of the property of the states citizen's was demanded by the terrorists who took over the government.
Session is the part of the year or time of day that school takes place.
School will be in session from the first of September to the end of May.
Chalk is the substance that a teacher uses to write on the blackboard.
The sound of the chalk squeaking on the blackboard sent chills down the backs of the students.
A chock is a block or wedge placed underneath something to keep it from moving.
Each of the correctly shaped scraps of wood was to be used as a chock.
A chance is a set of circumstances or an opportunity that is favorable.
Robin was thankful for the once in a lifetime chance to work for the best company in her small town.
Chants are a short and simple series of words or syllables sung to a limited range of notes.
There were several chants that the monks sang without fail each day.
Chard is a vegetable and is normally called Swiss chard.
Chard was served as a side dish at the banquet.
Charred means burnt.
The charred piece of metal was disposed of quickly.
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