desert and dessert - the difference

Desert means arid land or to abandon.
Dessert is the sweet course at the end of a meal.

Desert or Dessert?

The words desert and dessert look similar, but they are very different in meaning.

Dessert

A dessert is typically the final course of a meal. It is usually sweet (e.g., ice cream, cake, pudding).
  • Would you like to see the dessert menu?

  • an example of a dessert

Desert

The word desert can be an adjective, noun, or verb. It has the following meanings:
Arid land with little or no vegetation.

             The Sahara Desert

    • The plants and animals possess special features which allow them to cope with the desert conditions.
    • (Desert is an adjective in this example.)
    • An ice desert is defined as a polar area that supports little or no vegetation and that is permanently covered by snow and ice.
    • (Desert is a noun in this example.)
    To abandon or to defect or to leave in the lurch.

    • If disturbed too often, the adult birds will desert the fledglings.
    • If you desert, you will be shot when you're caught.
    • (Desert is a verb in these examples.)

    To leave behind.
    • As soon as the bell went, the kids deserted the building.
    • (Desert is a verb in this example.)

    Remembering Dessert

    Here is an excellent way of remembering the difference between dessert and desert:

    When you're stressed, you eat cake, chocolate, and sweets because 'stressed' is 'desserts' backwards.

    (Yeah, I know. It's brilliant, isn't it?)
    Select the correct version:



     



DESSERT IS TWICE AS GOOD

Some tips to remember which is which:

  • Dessert is twice as good as desert.
  • Desert = Sahara
  • Dessert = Strawberry shortcake.






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