更让人困惑的是，沙漠这个词有两个含义和两个发音。 两者都源自拉丁文。 动词沙漠，意思是离开或放弃，来自desertus这个词，这也意味着离开或放弃。 它的发音与长e（如在他），重点是在第一个音节，/德’zert /。 名词沙漠，意思是一个干旱的沙地，来自拉丁词desertum，意思是留下了废物或荒地。 （desertus和desertum是同一个词的不同情况。）沙漠，干荒地，发音短e（像第一声大象），第二个音节被强调。 和甜点一样，当你了解沙漠这个词的起源时，拼写就很有意义，因为沙漠衍生的拉丁词只有一个S.
To make matters more confusing, there are two meanings and two pronunciations for the word desert. Both are derived from Latin. The verb desert, meaning to leave or abandon, comes from the word desertus, which also means to leave or abandon. It is pronounced with a long e (as in he) and the emphasis is on the first syllable, /de’ zert/. The noun desert, meaning an arid, sandy region, is derived from the Latin word desertum, meaning something left to waste or a wasteland. (Both desertus and desertum are different cases of the same word.) Desert, the dry wasteland, is pronounced with a short e (like the first sound in elephant) and the second syllable is stressed. As with dessert, when you understand the origins of the word desert, the spelling makes sense because the Latin word from which desert is derived has only one S.