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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