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They all knew Charles was a callous individual.

It didn't take them long to recognise his fingerprints on the murder weapon by the mark of the callus on his thumb.


It must have developed through constant loading and firing of the cannon.

Charles was not one to pay any attention to the canon at the church, even when the minister tried to explain the Christian canon.


Charles always carried a canvas bag with him wherever he went.

Inside the bag were the leaflets he gave out when he went out to canvass support for the local political party.


The bag was coarse, matching the coarse temperament of the man who carried it.

On that day, he followed the course of the river toward the college where he was beginning his course of study.


He was feeling complacent as he knew he would pass with flying colours.

He didn’t need to be complaisant and suck up to the tutors like so many of the other students.


He knew that these studies would complement his existing learning.

He would never be the one to compliment the tutors on their teaching skills.


One annoying student made continual references to the tutor’s dedication.

The rage Charles felt at this was continuous.


He was so angry that he raised the issue at the council meeting.

But he ignored their counsel anyway and walked away from the person they had appointed as counsel.


Instead, he sat on a bench and ate a meagre lunch of a currant bun.

He allowed the current direction of his thoughts to flow like the current in the stream. He would get his own back on them one way or another.

C words and the currant bun

Try to remember the story of the callous murderer and his lunch to help you recall the correct use of these commonly confused words.

callous: insensitive


callus: an area of thickened skin




cannon: a piece of heavy artillery


canon: a priest or a religious decree





canvas: heavy cotton cloth


canvass: to elicit support




coarse: roughly textured or vulgar


course: a continuous route or line of study




complacent: self-satisfied


complaisant: wishing to please




complement: something that completes


compliment: a remark or gesture that indicates admiration or love


continual: recurring frequently at regular intervals

continuous: without stopping



council: a group of people coming together to discuss and implement actions

counsel: advice or a person who gives advice



currant: a dried raisin


current: a natural flow or something modern and relevant