EDIT: I thought best to post the Message as well. This is only a partial list Goldspan, you might benefit by actually exploring the link.
Latter and Ladder, how are they different?
One difference is that of pronunciation:
In ordinary speech, however, the difference between the t and d sounds is often difficult to discern.
Apparently other speakers are puzzled by the word latter. Here’s a question asked and answered at Yahoo Answers:
Why do people use the phrase “I choose the ladder” after comparing two decisions or choices?
And here’s the “best answer as chosen by voters”:
Oh most people who say that are social climbers and they want to get to the top.
In the expression that refers to making a choice between two options, the word is latter, not ladder. The first option is called the former:
Father gave us our choice of the blue Mustang or the red Corvette. I chose the former and Charlie chose the latter.
The word latter comes from the comparative form of Old English laet: laetra, and meant “slower.” It took on the meaning of “second of two” in the 1550s. Modern later came, well, later. (It also comes from OE laet.)