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  • SO-AS, AS-AS - Both so and as are used as adverbs of degree correlative with the conjunction "as": unless there is a negative in the clause as is generally used; with a negative so is preferable to as. We say "It is as cold as ice," "It is not so good as it looks."
  • SOME, SOMEWHAT, SOMETHING - Some is an adjective, as, "Some water;" "Some brighter clime." Somewhat is an adverb, as, "He is somewhat better." "Somewhat" is occasionally used as a noun, as, "Somewhat of doubt remains," but in this sense something is more common.
  • SPECIALITY, SPECIALTY - Speciality, in the sense of 'distinctive quality,' is preferable to specialty, since specialty is also used in the sense of 'distinctive thing
  • START, BEGIN, COMMENCE - To start is "to set out" or "to set going," and is not followed by an infinitive. Before an infinitive, "begin" or "commence" is used. "Begin is preferred in ordinary use; commence has more formal associations with law and procedure, combat, divine service, and ceremonial."
  • STAY, STOP - "Stay, as in 'At what hotel are you staying?' is preferable to stop, since stop also means 'to stop without staying.'"
  • STIMULATION, STIMULUS, STIMULANT - Stimulation is "the act of stimulating or inciting to action"; stimulus, originally "a goad," now denotes that which stimulates, the means by which one is incited to action; stimulant has a medical sense, being used of that which stimulates the body or any of its organs.
  • SUSPECT, EXPECT, ANTICIPATE - To suspect is "to mistrust," "to surmise." Expect, in the sense of "look forward to," is preferable to anticipate, since anticipate also means "take up, perform, or realize beforehand;" as, "Some real lives do actually anticipate the happiness of heaven."
  • TRANSPIRE, HAPPEN - To transpire means properly "to escape from secrecy to notice," "to leak out;" it should not be used in the sense of to happen.
  • UNION, UNITY - Union is "the joining of two or more things into one." Unity means "oneness," "harmony."
  • VISITANT, VISITOR - Visitant was formerly used to denote a supernatural being; visitor, a human one. Visitant seems now to be going out of use, visitor being used in both senses
  • WAIT FOR, WAIT ON - To wait for means "to await," as, "We will wait for you at the corner." To wait on means "to attend on," as, "At dinner the women waited on the men."

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