Thursday, November 1, 2012

Desert vs. Dessert: Easy Way to Remember the Difference


A lot of people mix up desert and dessert. This is an easy way to remember how to spell dessert.

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  1. Thanks! I'll try to give that a shot.

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  2. desserts can be double layered

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  3. what about being deserted? i desert you? its all the way the word is used in a sentence and spelled of course. so there are 3 meanings to that word

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    1. But to desert someone is the same as desert anyway. Its the same meaning. A desert is deserted hence the name. :-)

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    2. Good advice.It actually works! ;-)

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  4. "Being deserted" essentially means being left alone/empty. The word comes from the same meaning as the large empty expanse we refer to as a desert. For "dessert," I learned to think "So Sweet."

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  5. I learned "strawberry shortcake" to remember the spelling as a kid.

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  6. They way we remembered it as kids was that "Dessert" is going to be the one you want more of, and hence it has one more "s" in it. No one wants more deserts lol.

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  7. Two scoops in Dessert - De(SS)ert

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  8. But I like the desert! Maybe I want more of it. ;)

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  9. The only problem is when someone gets their "just deserts" - most people will give the double s when it's actually only one. I think of just deserts as be the reward (which can be sweet or sad), but had to learn this exception.

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    1. I that sense, "deserts" is the noun form of the verb "deserve." If you get what you deserve, you've gotten just deserts.

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  10. I have never seen "just deserts" used in a positive or "sweet" context classically outside of the area of philosophy - the term belays a message of comeuppance or payback to me, can anyone cite classic literary references?

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  11. "belays a message"?

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  12. Desserts spelled backwards is stressed. Sometimes desserts can be comforting when you're stressed.

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    1. I liked the use of a palindrome.

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    2. I liked the use of a palindrome.

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  13. Wow, I never noticed that!

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  14. Lots of people desert (leave) the desert. Few people desert desserts.

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  15. How about eating a dessert in a deserted desert?! lol

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  16. Desert is the barren sandy land while Dessert is sweet stuff ☺

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  17. I learned as a kid that the SS in "desert" stood for Strawberry Shortcake and I never forgot it!

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    1. "dessert" that is. Jeez.

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    2. How about sweet like an (SS)Super Sport

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  18. Fuck her right in the pu$$y

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  19. Make same truffle butter dessert

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  20. thanks I was really confussed

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  21. Where I live, the barren desert is pronounced "dez,zart" & the yummy dessert is pronounced "de,zurt," so that makes it seem ass backwards for us.

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  24. There is one in every crowd. In this crowd there are more than one.

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  25. they are both very rocky roads!

    there is lots and lots of sand in the desert ( So much Sand )

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  26. When one is in a desert, the opportunity for sweet breezes across the lips are scarce. And when your lips are about to eradicate a piece of pie or cake...you're a happy little chap indeed!

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  28. How about deserting a deserter eating dessert in a deserted desert so they can get their just deserts?! LOL

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  30. DON'T DESERT THE DESSERT!

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  32. Thanks Buddy!
    "After You've One Dessert, You'll Want a Second."
    Haha.. a Really Easy Way to Remember :)

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  33. dessert is edible

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  35. you never want to be stuck in the desert more than once but you sure want that second serving of dessert.

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  36. thanks for the helpful mental note! I think it will work after all these years!

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  37. What drives me nuts, is that the rule on the sounds of vowels surrounding single and double consonants means that Dessert and Desert should be switched.

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