Commonly confused words

Staple, standard

The word staple is often incorrectly used instead of the word standard.

Staple means main or important.

  • Rice is the staple food of South Indians.

A standard work is something that is viewed as having authority.

  • This is a standard work on Indian history. (NOT This is a staple work on Indian history.)

Unique, sole and peculiar

If something is unique, it is the only one of its kind.

  • Unique content tends to rank high in search engines.
  • You are unique. I have never met another person like you.

Sole means one and only.

  • He is the sole breadwinner of his family.
  • That is the sole cause of his failure.

If something is peculiar, it is strange or odd.

  • There is something peculiar about his conduct.

Future, subsequent

Subsequent means coming after something in time.

Future means time that is yet to come.

  • Future is uncertain.
  • The subsequent proceedings did not interest me.

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