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'Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles': 7 Entries From The New American Heritage Book (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/15/10 08:15 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:40 PM ET

As a kid, did you ever dread being sent to the principle's office?

Or have you ever asked someone to be discrete with delicate information you've given them?

English is a Rubick's cube of confusing possibilities, but the new book, "100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles" from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionary will set straight all the little linguistic hurdles that effect us, once and for all.

Here are a few of the most famous mix-ups featured in the book with captions by the editors of "100 Words."

Have a favorite we missed? Or how about a word that really gets under your skin when mangled or mixed-up?

cache / cachet
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Cache, “a hidden store,” is sometimes confused with cachet, “prestige, appeal.” Both words come from French, but cache is pronounced like “cash,” while cachet rhymes with “sashay.” The confusion may be encouraged because we often don’t write final accents for words borrowed from French like resume and protege, so people may mistakenly think that cache is one of these words ending in an “ay” sound. Cachet is one of these “-ay” words, but one that ends in –et, like cabaret.
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