Mighty Red Pen

April 11, 2007

Desert versus dessert

Filed under: Word wars — mighty red pen @ 3:17 pm

This came across MRP’s desk:

Often after a perilous journey across the dessert, they had little more than the clothing on their back.

Okay, here’s the deal. A desert is an arid, sandy place. A dessert is something delicious to eat after your meal (or, you know, anytime) like a cookie or a piece of cake.

There are a lot of fun ways out there to remember the difference. For example, “dessert has two s’s like strawberry shortcake, desert has one like sandy” or “You know dessert has two s’s because you always want a second helping.” You can go here for a list of mnemonic devices for desert/dessert and other words.

In other news, here’s a way that will help the Star Wars fans among you remember the difference. May the spelling force be with you.


1 Comment »

  1. I think, perhaps, MRP, that you are mistaken. Moondog has sent us many a picture of food I would describe as a perilous journey. Perhaps there are also desserts that would make you want to rip the very clothing from your body rather than eat them.

    For example:

    Comment by David — April 12, 2007 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

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