Commonly Confused Words: dessert / desert
Dessert (pronounced dee-SERT)is always a noun. It means a sweet dish, like ice cream or fruit, served at the end of a meal.
Hint: Remember that dessert is spelled with two s's as in strawberry shortcake.
desert (with only one s)
1. Desert (pronounced DEH-sert) can be a noun. As a noun, desert means a barren or desolate area.
2. Desert (pronounced deh-SERT) can also be a verb. As a verb, desert means to abandon.