ScaleThe word scale refers to an instrument used to weigh something. The popular phrase tip the scales refers to how much someone or something weighs.
Ex: Avoiding the scale is an intelligent idea when dieting. It is better to focus on eating healthy food rather than numbers.
Ex: I can't believe my father tips the scales at sixteen and a half stone! He needs to eat better and exercise to avoid diseases such as diabetes.
The word scale also refers to the thin, pliable plate that covers the skin of some animals. They are commonly found on fish, lizards, and snakes.
Ex: My dog is chewing on the scales of the fish that we just scraped off. I'm sure he would rather have some of the filet!
Ex: The scales that form the outer layer of some animals are slimy and unpleasant to the touch. Many people are hesitant to put their hands on them.
GrossThe word gross refers to a gathering of twelve dozen things. Gross also means a total amount of money before taxes, and the opposite would be net.
Ex: I asked the secretary to order a gross of pencils for my classroom. I was surprised when she asked how many a gross was, and explained that it was 144.
Ex: The company paid my salary gross rather than net this month. While it was great to receive the extra money I will pay the price when my tax bill is due.
The word gross also refers to something that is obvious. It could also mean something or someone that is offensive and disgusting. The common phrase gross out means to offend or disgust with something gross.
Ex: That chicken is gross! The recipe you have is worthless because the dish you made tastes terrible! Do not cook that again, please.
Ex: The bugs splattering on my windshield as we hurry along the highway are really grossing me out! Maybe if we slow down, we will not hit so many