Common mistake nib / nub

Common Mistake: Nib vs. Nub

When it comes to the English language, it's not uncommon for words to sound similar, leading to confusion and mistakes. One such pair of words that often gets mixed up is "nib" and "nub."


  • Noun: The pointed end of a pen or a tool used for writing or drawing.
  • Example: She used a calligraphy nib to create beautiful lettering on the wedding invitations.


  • Noun: A small lump or a rounded or projecting part of something.
  • Example: The dog chewed on the nub of the bone until there was nothing left.

As you can see, while both words may sound similar, their meanings and usage are quite different. It's important to understand the distinction to avoid confusion in your writing.

Linguix Grammar Checker: To ensure you're using the right word in the right context, you can rely on the Linguix Grammar Checker. It not only corrects grammar and spelling errors but also helps improve your overall writing skills.

nib / nub mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    try using raw cacao nubs.

    try using raw cacao nibs.

  • Incorrect:
    This is the nib of the problem.

    This is the nub of the problem.

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