Desert and dessert

By Mary Morel

The extra s in dessert completely changes the meaning of desert.

Desert

A desert is a wasteland or to desert means to abandon.

The explorers were lost in the desert for four days without water.
He deserted his post when the gunfire started.

Desert is also used in the expression, ‘get your just deserts’, i.e. what you deserve.

Desserts

Desserts are puddings or a dish at the end of a meal.

We had pavlova and ice cream for dessert on Christmas day.

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