This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

I’ve heard some peo­ple con­fus­ing the words dis­cust­ing and dis­gust­ing. Here’s the dif­fer­ence between the two.

Discusting

Dis­cust­ing is a mis­spelling of dis­gust­ing. It’s easy to see why peo­ple mis­spell it because dis­gust­ing sounds like dis­cust­ing; the hard G sound sounds like a hard C sound.

Disgusting

Dis­gust­ing, on the oth­er hand, is the act or state of caus­ing dis­gust.

I woke up cov­ered in baby puke; it was dis­gust­ing.

Mem­o­ry tip: If you have a hard time remem­ber­ing how to spell dis­gust­ing, just remem­ber that dis­gust­ing and gross both con­tain a G and both mean the same thing.

Which words do you con­fuse? Let me know in the com­ments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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