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If the word is capitalized, it is because it should be - or at least that's how I/we have found every instance of it. If it's a brand name, I will so note it. And there will be a very short explanation as to what the word is so that you can hopefully verify if it is the word you need.

If you have a word that you would like added to my list, please e-mail me and give me the word, along with a short description, and I'll add it here. Just click on "contact me" at the bottom of this page.

affect/effect - replace affect with the word "influence" and effect with the word "result." If the word influence fits in the sentence, you should use affect; if the word result fits in your sentence, use effect.
The air flow from the rooms back to the return grille is affected (influenced), and the supplier into the rooms is affected (influenced).
Words to substitute for affect are: influence, change, and assume
Words to substitute for effect are: bring about, result, and impression
The court's decision in this case will not affect (change) the established legal precedent.
She affects (assumes) an unsophisticated manner.

It is essential that we effect (bring about) an immediate improvement in sales.
It will be months before we can assess the full effect (result) of the new law.

all together/altogether - The forms altogether and all together, though often indistinguishable in speech, are distinct in meaning.
The adverb altogether (meaning wholly, entirely, completely: an altogether confused scene) should be distinguished from all together (meaning in a group: The children were all together in the kitchen).
All together is used of a group to indicate that its members performed or underwent an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together can be used only if it is possible to rephrase the sentence so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap. Altogether should be used only when the sense could be expressed by entirely or completely.
It seemed altogether fitting that they should be all together. On the other hand, being all together wasn't an altogether satisfying occasion, either.

any more/anymore - if you can substitute "any less" for any more, it's two words. Example: I don't want any more pie.
Anymore means, more or less, again. Example: I'm not going to eat pie anymore because it makes me fat. You can substitute the word again

a while/awhile - awhile, an adverb, is never preceded by a preposition such as for, but the two-word form a while may be preceded by a preposition. In writing, each of the following is acceptable: stay awhile; stay for a while; stay a while (but not stay for awhile)
Example: You may have to wait awhile. (adverb)
You may have to wait for a while. (noun; object of the preposition for) I ran into him a while back.

Bates stamp - a stamp used for numbering pages (to see a picture of the stamp, go to Bates)

beaucoup - slang term meaning: great in quantity or amount - "many" or "much" (as in: spent "beaucoup" bucks) (pronounced bo-coo or boo-coo)

breathalyzer - instrument used to measure alcohol content in the breath (generic term) (see Intoxilyzer)

BMW - the automobile is referred to as a Bimmer. The motorcycle is referred to as either a Beamer or a Beemer.

cancer grading & staging - grades are in ordinal numbers (1, 2, 3); stages are usually in Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV). Other stages are B1, B2, C1 & C2

capias - (Latin) arrest warrant

certiorari - a writ of superior court to call up the records of an inferior court

COBRA - acronym for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

CODIS - acronym for Combined DNA Index System

COFI/COSI loans - acronyms for cost of funds index and cost of savings index

cricothyrotomy - incision through the skin and the cricothyroid membrane for relief of respiratory obstruction

de bene esse - a technical phrase applied to certain proceedings which are deemed to be well done for the present, or until an exception or other avoidance (i.e., 'conditionally'). For example, a declaration is filed or delivered, special bail put in, witness examined, etc. de bene esse, or good for the present
When a judge has a doubt as to the propriety of finding a verdict, he may direct the jury to find one de bene esse; which verdict, if the court shall afterwards be of opinion it ought to have been found, shall stand

debride (v) debridement (n) - to surgically remove lacerated, devitalized, or contaminated tissue (pronounced de-breed/de-breedment)

de minimis - (Latin) of minimum importance or trifling

de Quervain's disease/tendinitis - a painful problem which results from irritation of tendons on the side of the wrist which move the thumb sideways away from the palm. It can result in wrist and forearm pain on the side of the thumb, particularly with certain positions and movements of the wrist

do-rag - scarf or kerchief worn as a head covering, often tied at the nape of the neck. (aka durag) When you do a Google search, you will find do-rag with about 100 times more hits than durag. That's why I go with that spelling.

effect/affect - see affect/effect

Ethrane - anesthesia drug

fecund - doctors will sometimes use the phrase "fat, fecund and forty" when talking about women who are susceptible to gallstones.

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

hors d'oeuvre(s) - canape, appetizer (I hate this word and can never find it when I need the spelling; thus, I decided to put it here)

Intoxilyzer - (brand name) instrument used to measure alcohol content in the breath (see breathalyzer)

intussusception - slipping of a length of intestine into an adjacent portion usually producing obstruction

judgment nisi - bail bond forfeiture (judgment that is not final or absolute)

jill - female version of a male jock strap

Jordy - enables people with low vision to see objects at a distance, up close and at any range in between. It is a battery-operated system which can be worn like a pair of glasses or used as a desktop video magnifier when placed on its docking stand. Prescribed in many cases for patients who have macular degeneration

Keogh plan - an individual retirement account for the self-employed. Named after Eugene James Keogh, an American politician

luting - (n.) lut·ing 1. any of various readily molded substances for sealing joints, cementing objects together, or waterproofing surfaces (dental term)

militate - to have a substantial effect

mores - the fundamental morals of a social group (pronounced mor AYZ)

nolled - (phonetically pronounced "nol-leed") - charges have been dropped and the case has been dismissed

nucleoplasty - a minimally invasive procedure for disc decompression

onomatopoeia - formation or use of words such as "grrrr" or "vrrrrooooooom" that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to

physiatrist - physician who specializes in physical medicine

purlin - a horizontal member in a roof

quantum meruit - often misspelled as quantum merit

rapprochement - a reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries
* or * the state of reconciliation or of cordial relations

segue - (phonetically pronounced "seg-way") proceed to what follows without pause; to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another

Thera-Band - (brand name) a system of elastic bands in varying degrees of resistance which allow you to perform hundreds of exercises for all muscle groups with the same piece of equipment

vesicate - medical term meaning to raise blisters

Visqueen - (brand name) heavy plastic sheeting used in construction

vitiate - legal term meaning impair

-wise words - The suffix wise is sometimes added to words by nervous, tenative, and poor speakers. If adding a suffix to a one-syllable or two-syllable constructions causes no difficulty, writing the word without a hyphen is correct. Generally, use hyphens to eliminate all chance of misreading or misunderstanding. also use the hyphen for proper nouns
Ex: sorrow-wise, debtwise, taxwise, dollarwise, November-wise

workers' compensation/workman's compensation - I never can remember where the apostrophe is on these two, so have put them here to remind myself. {gg}

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