I am so grateful to you wonderful people who keep sending me suggestions for this topic. Here goes Part 3:
FOUL vs. FOWL: Can you believe a reader caught someone writing about “fowl language”? Those roosters can be so crude!
ELUDE means to get away from, to avoid: It’s hopeless to try to elude a police officer behind you flashing the lights.
ALLUDE means to refer to something without specifically stating it:
Jacob alluded to the fact that his wife hates action movies, although she still goes with him to see the latest smash-em-up.
CONSCIENCE is your sense of right and wrong.
CONSCIOUS means you are awake and alert, able to think.
HEAR is what you do with your ears. It is also used in the phrase, “Hear! Hear!” (I often see this written as “Here! Here!” and I want to yell, “Where? Where?”)
HERE refers to location.
LATER refers to a time after one previously mentioned or understood. It contains the word “late.”
LATTER refers to the second of two or the last of a group mentioned: Larry has been divorced twice, but is on good terms with the latter of his two wives.
PERSONAL means private: Your personal information should not be disseminated on the Internet.
PERSONNEL refers to a group of people who work for an organization: Our personnel are very compatible and freely help each other. It also is used for the office that keeps records for an organization, i.e., the Personnel Office.
Realize that none of these words will trigger a highlight from your spellchecker. It still is up to you to proofread everything, slowly and quietly out loud, to make sure you have typed the word you want. As I frequently mention, if you proofread silently at your normal speed, chances are you will read what you think you wrote, not what you actually wrote.