How many of the following questions can you or your child answer correctly?
Stephy was not surprised to find her pet unicorn in the middle of the [desert/dessert].
"Getting lost is your just [deserts/desserts] for using Apple Maps instead of Google Maps like I told you to," Stephy chided the unicorn.
"I will not [desert/dessert] you in your time of need," Stephy reassured the dehydrated unicorn.
"I'm not hungry, so I will have just [deserts/desserts]. You can have my hamburger," Stephy said as she stuffed the Big Mac into the unicorn's mouth.
'Desert' and 'dessert' rank amongst the most commonly confused words, with question 4 tripping many a student. (This error usually manifests at the end of a composition, where the protagonist/antagonist receives the punishment he or she deserves.)
Let's sort out 'desert' and 'dessert' once and for all!
(a) Dessert (noun) Meaning: the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal
(b) Desert (noun)
Meaning: A dry, waterless area of land devoid of vegetation