pair vs pare vs pear : Common Errors in English

About pair vs pare vs pear

When you peel an apple, you pare it. The resultant apple peelings are called “parings.” “Pare” is also used metaphorically in phrases having to do with removing portions of something, such as “pare down the budget” or “pare your wish list to the three most important items.” Many people overlook the meaning of this word and write instead “pair” or even “pear.” You can pair apples with pears in a dessert, but to peel them you have to pare them.Although it’s not too surprising that cooks should mix up these spellings, it’s astounding how often medical and scientific writers refer to substances that are “pared” with each other. A couple of medicines or treatments are paired with each other.

pair Meaning(s)

  • (n) a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  • (n) two items of the same kind
  • (n) two people considered as a unit
  • (n) a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
  • (v) form a pair or pairs
  • (v) bring two objects, ideas, or people together
  • (v) occur in pairs
  • (v) arrange in pairs
  • (v) engage in sexual intercourse

pare Meaning(s)

  • (v) decrease gradually or bit by bit
  • (v) cut small bits or pare shavings from
  • (v) strip the skin off
  • (v) remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

pear Meaning(s)

  • (n) sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties
  • (n) Old World tree having sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit; widely cultivated in many varieties

pair in News

  1. Hackettstown pair allegedly teamed up to burglarize Warren County homes

    The pair burglarized at least five homes in May and June, court records say.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Express-Times

  2. Pit bull pair attack 2 people in central Fresno

    A pair of pit bull dogs roaming through central Fresno attacked an elderly woman and another person
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Fresno Bee

  3. Pair of Robberies Reported Tuesday Night in Alice

    Alice Police are investigating a pair of armed robberies that happened within 45 minutes of each other on Tuesday night.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KIII Corpus Christi

pare in News

  1. U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses after Data

    U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses after Data
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  2. U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses After Retail Sales, Jobless Claims

    U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses After Retail Sales, Jobless Claims
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  3. U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses; Japan Sells Off

    U.S. Stock Futures Pare Losses; Japan Sells Off
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

pear in News

  1. Fun time had by all at Pear Tree Point

    Second-grader Cassidy McKee speeds her giant soccer ball back to her teammates during Pear Tree Point School's annual Field Day. Photo: Contributed First-grader Joshua Kitt launches his frog during one of the games at Pear Tree Point School's annual Field Day.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Darien News-Review

  2. Project Bikini Wishlist

    Even though I am almost definitely sat here drinking pear cider and may have polished off a cheeky bit of ice cream earlier, Project Bikini is still happening! I'm now even the proud owner of a yoga mat, oh yes, a yoga mat. Since my first Project Bikini post I've lost about 2kg (before the ice cream...) and have actually worn a bikini in front of people with eyes, definite progress! One of the ...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: StyleBistro

  3. Pear trees are a beautiful menace

    Ornamental pear trees have become invasive species that are crowding out native plants here and around the country. But how did these beautiful, popular trees become such an environmental villain?
    on June 6, 2013 Source: The Kansas City Star

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