Here's another edition of common mistakes I see in MSs I read, and even in some published books!
There is a difference between 'chord' and 'cord'. A chord is a series of musical notes. So if something gets to you, it strikes a chord. If you strike a cord, you're probably hitting a piece of rope.
If you're starting a lawnmower or outboard motor, you're pulling a cord.
I've seen this one two or three times in the last week or so, and thought it might be time to clear it up. Another one I keep seeing is 'heroine' and 'heroin'. There's a big difference guys! Your heroine is the feisty female lead in your story. Heroin is a very addictive opiate. Mixing those two up can make for some very giggle-worthy phrases, believe me!
What are some other common mistakes you see?