A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning and spelling.
Then there are words that don't sound alike… but they look alike (hello, lose and loose).
In your rush to get your brilliant ideas on paper, it's extremely easy to write one word when you mean another, all while spell check sits idly by, twiddling its compu-thumbs.
You should definitely use spell check, but you shouldn't completely trust spell check. While it's skilled at catching typos, it can't save your writing from those sneaky words and phrases that sound or look alike. That's what you have your faithful sidekick Shmoop for.
(Click on each set of homophones for common mistakes, examples and how to use each properly.