My cumulative list of commonly confused words continues with 10 that begin with the letter T. The confusion relates to spelling or meaning.
Taught is the past tense of teach. It is also used as an adjective to mean instructed.
Example: “Howard Phillips Lovecraft, weird fiction writer and primogenitor of modern horror fiction, was a self-taught writer.”
Taut means “pulled tight.”
A common error is to spell taut as taught, as in this fishing advice in Backpacker magazine:
Incorrect: Use more weight to keep the line taught.
Correct: Use more weight to keep the line taut.
Titivate means “to spruce up, to make more attractive.”
Example: We decided to titivate the kitchen with new cabinets and countertops.
Titillate means “to excite the senses or imagination in an agreeable way.”
Example: Camilla Ochlan has crafted a supernatural mystery-thriller that will titillate the palate of even the most discriminating sci-fi reader.
The error is to mix them up, as in this example from a restaurant site: