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One letter makes all the difference

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My teacher once said when you speak you have to say it clearly because sometimes people misinterpret it. Especially in writing when you write you have to spell it correctly because once you misspelled it the meaning will be change. So here are some examples of words that when you change the first letter it will also change the meaning. My reference is dictionary.com.

One letter makes all the difference

 

refuse

ri-fyooz

 

to decline to accept (something offered).

decay

dih-key

 

to become decomposed; rot.

humble

huhm-buh?l, uhm

 

not proud or arrogant; modest.

yield

yeeld

 

to give up or over; relinquish or resign.

mild

a mahyld

 

amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.

wield

vo weeld

 

to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating.

ardor

ahr-der

 

great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion.

sagacious

suhgey-shuh?s

 

having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd.

interior

in-teer-ee-er

 

being within; inside of anything; internal; inner.

anterior

a an-teer-ee-er

 

situated before or at the front of; fore (posterior).

arbor

n ahr-ber

 

a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.

salacious

suhley-shuh?s

 

obscene; grossly indecent.

delay

dih-ley

 

to put off to a later time; defer; postpone.

refuge

n ref-yooj

 

shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.

bumble

buhm-buh?l

 

to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle.

reduce

vo ri-doos, –dyoos

 

to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.

wild

wahyld

 

living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated.

defuse

vo dee-fyooz

 

to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).

deduce

dih-doos, –dyoos

 

to derive as a conclusion from something known or assumed; infer.

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