desert vs dessert : Common Errors in English

About desert vs dessert

Perhaps these two words are confused partly because “dessert” is one ofthe few words in English with a double “S” pronounced like “Z"("brassiere” is another). That impoverished stretch of sand called adesert can only afford one “S.” In contrast, that rich gooey extra thingat the end of the meal called a dessert indulges in two of them. Theword in the phrase “he got his just deserts” is confusingly pronouncedjust like “desserts.”

desert Meaning(s)

  • (n) arid land with little or no vegetation
  • (v) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  • (v) desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
  • (v) leave behind

dessert Meaning(s)

  • (n) a dish served as the last course of a meal

desert in News

  1. Palm Desert's Brody Kato, Andrew Clark make All-Star team

    Andrew Clark races around third base on the way to home plate in the game with Indio High School. Palm Desert won 2-0 Friday April 5, 2013. Wade Byars/The Desert Sun
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Desert Sun

  2. Desert searched for missing dirt biker

    Authorities are searching the desert north of Grand Junction for a missing dirt biker.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KGWN-TV Cheyenne

  3. Desert Best Friend's Closet gets help with image

    Priscilla Gonzalez tries on a necklace at Desert Best Friend's Closet in Palm Desert on Thursday. The nonprofit provides free clothing to those in need to help them in job interviews or for life events like the prom.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Desert Sun

dessert in News

  1. Fabio Viviani's Grape Tart

    Simple Dessert Will Wow Guests, 'Top Chef' Star Says
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Good Morning America via Yahoo! News

  2. Yonanas and Bed Bath & Beyond Gear Up For Wedding Season & Summer

    Dessert maker launches sweepstakes for consumers to win gift cards and Yonanas machines. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Pizza for dessert

    Mr. Food's Howard Rosenthal wants something quick and tasty for dessert. So J.M. Hirsch, the food editor at The Associated Press, is showing him how to make fruit pizza Click here for Mr. ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KTVL Medford

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