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“Complimentary” vs “complementary”

I got a bit mixed up just now over the difference between "complimentary" and "complementary". My colleagues were arguing over the correct spelling of "complimentary drink" at a nightclub event, and ...
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What's a paronym?

I really want to know what a paronym is because we're supposed use them in class.
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Is “agreeance” a proper word?

Many people in my area use the word "agreeance" and I find it irksome. Dictionary.com seems to be in agreement with me (har har): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/agreeance Main Entry: ...
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Use of the word “praxis”?

According to dictionary.reference.com the word praxis means: practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills. I recently saw another stackexchange post now ...
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Where can I find a list of English paronyms?

Can anyone point me to a (more or less) complete list of English paronyms (affect/effect, farther/further, alternately/alternatively, interested/interesting, corrupted/corrupt, adopt/adapt, ...
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“Specially” vs “especially”

When should each of them be used?
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“Effect” vs. “Affect”

I've noticed that some people use effect and affect interchangeably. What are the differences between these two and when are the proper situations to use each of them?