Are you about to dive into a scrumptious treat or an arid land with very little vegetation? You’ll definitely want to know the difference before taking a bite. But, I admit I had to look up the difference between these two words every time until I learned this memory trick from one of my editing instructors.
Dessert is the thicker of the two spellings, and eating too much dessert can make you thicker in the middle. However, spending time in the hot, dry desert (the thinner of the two spellings) can make you thin.
Now, that this nifty tidbit is drilled into my head, I always remember when to use dessert versus desert, and I hope it will help you too.
Do you have a grammar question? Let me know about it in the comments. I’ll answer your question in a future Grammar Tips post.