I just hate it when I'm proofing a manuscript, just about ready to hit the "send" button, and spot an incorrectly used word. Or worse -- I spot it after I hit the send button.
There are a few pretty common words that I have to look up every time I want to use them. They taunt me. I don't know why my brain refuses to admit them to my vocabulary.
Here are a few of the little tormentors:
accept, except: Accept is a verb, meaning "receive." Except is usually a preposition or conjunction meaning "but for" or "other than;" when it is used as a verb, it means to "leave out."
anxious, eager: Anxious means "nervous" or "worried" and is usually followed by about. Eager means "looking forward" and is usually followed by to.
farther, further: Farther refers to additional distance, and further refers to additional time, amount, or other abstract matters.
its, it's: Its is the pronoun it in the possessive case; it's is a contraction for "it is."
lose, loose: Lose means "mislay;" loose means "unrestrained" and "not tight."
sensual, senuous: Sensual suggests sexuality; sensuous means "pleasing to the senses."
your, you're: Your is the possessive form of you; you're is the contraction of you are.
How about you? Are there any annoying little words that like to trip you up?
(Examples and definitions are from The Little, Brown Handbook -- a fabulous albeit expensive -- grammar and usage resource.)