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.