Appraise or apprise Carat or karat Vocal cord or vocal chord Which of us has not erred in the use of homophones, those trickers that have similar sounds but different meanings Quick to the rescue comes James J Kilpatrick, who goads and delights as he draws memorable distinctions for puzzled writers Charles Barsotti adds to the merriment with his own imaginative renderings of the abused wordsReaders of James J Kilpatrick s widely praised book The Writer s Art know how deeply Kilpatrick cares about the language Kilpatrick makes a joyous advance in his private war against muddleheadedness in The Ear is Human Fun little reference for those confusing, similar, but different kinds of words This book cleared up many of my personal stinkers and made me laugh at the expense of others confusion.