This common error was suggested to me by a friend who was looking at some flyers she’d made and suddenly panicked: which one should it be? And I was actually quite surprised that I hadn’t tackled it yet.
So, the big question, which can end up with sand in your ice cream or endlessly trekking with your camel over empty wastes of Angel Delight … dessert or desert?
A dessert is a pudding; the sweet course. Think of it as an extra … with that extra s. So, the dessert trolley, what would you like for your dessert, etc.?
A desert is that sandy expanse (well, you can get rocky and stony deserts but let’s not get into all the stuff I learned in Geography O and A level). Think of it being deserted, if that helps.
And here’s a fun extra (when I described this bit as “fun” to the friend who asked me about this, she started to doubt my sanity, but, hey: this is my life now). You know when you say somebody has “got his just deserts“? That’s deserts, because he has got what he deserved. Not desserts, as it’s not the pudding on top of the menu of life.
“Jack ate all the desserts, but he got his just deserts, as he could never look at a bowl of ice cream in the same way again.”