Discreet (showing prudence) versus discrete (separate, distinct)--you separate the e's with the t.
Premier (head of state or first in rank) versus premiere (first public showing)--not sure of an easy way to remember, for me an extra e makes it look more fancy [you have to really dress up to go to the premiere--JR].
Lisa J Stumpf gives us another version of the desert versus dessert distinction:
And one more, just on spelling, brought to us by Marsha Kuhn:
Grammar Pet Peeves: Word Crimes
While sending in these memory aids, several of you wrote in to tell me about Weird Al's video "Word Crimes." I totally love it! Thank you! Check it out if you have not seen it before.
And in the spirit of Word Crimes, this week I'd like to hear from you about your grammar pet peeves-you know you have them! Aimee Bosse starts us off with these:
Residence versus residents: this should be a no-brainer! Someone living in my college dorm actually wrote a sign asking "residence" to be considerate of others.