Something else writers, editors, and proofreaders need to look out for are heteronyms. Those are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings depending on pronunciation.
I live in Frankfort, Ky.
I have the lead part in an upcoming play.
I broke the lead in my pencil.
(Writers seem to confuse lead and led.)
I feel very close to my family.
I wish someone would close the door.
I have friends who live near the desert in Arizona.
It’s not a good idea to desert friends over money.
As with misuses in word choices, I believe most of the time it’s simply a subconscious act. We get in a hurry and write the word that first comes to mind. But as writers, we know that’s not a good excuse.
And it doesn’t help that spell check won't catch the mistake. That’s another reason to have a good proofreader.
For more examples, check out the Heteronym Homepage.
Until the next time…