Evoke vs. Invoke

Do you ever wonder what the inventors of the English language were thinking, making so many words sound so similar?

they’re/their/there | two/to/too | which/witch | hear/here | you’re/your

And how about words that sound similar and are spelled the same?

Pen: a writing instrument or a place to keep animals.

Lead: to guide or a metal.

It’s enough to make you shake your fists at the sky …

Recently, I got tripped up by a word and had to research before I turned in the edit. The word?

Here’s what I learned:

Evoke is a verb, meaning “to bring or recall (a feeling, memory, or image) to the conscious mind.”

Invoke is also a verb, but means “to call upon something, especially aid, assistance, or a higher power.”

So invoking is action-oriented, while evoking is a bit more passive.

And now the world makes sense again …

Article: “Leach and Leech”

Leech and leach are two words I don’t run across very often as verbs, but when I do … well, let’s just say that sometimes, even an editor needs a little help.

Thankfully, ThoughtCo has an article on how to use these two words:

“The verb leach means to empty, drain, or remove.

“The noun leech refers to a bloodsucking worm or to a person who preys on or clings to another. As a verb, leech means to bleed with leeches or to act as a parasite.”

Inspiration …

Whenever I start feeling harried, worn down, or just plain burned out, I look for a little help. Recently, I found Dr. Shelley Provost’s website. It’s filled with calming, inspiring, and motivating words of wisdom that will get you thinking more deeply about your life and what you want from it:

“Over the years, I’ve heard from many clients that they’re afraid the path they’ve chosen isn’t the right one. We are lured into thinking that the purpose of life equals upward social mobility, establishing a career, accumulating wealth, competing (and winning), and holding power. Even if we can admit to ourselves that we aren’t fulfilled with success’ trappings, all too often we cling to our illusions because they’re all we know.”

A thank-you …

To everyone I’ve worked with these past few years, thank you for making me a better editor and better human being. I know how very lucky I am to have a job I love and to meet clients who become friends …