8 More Stupid Spelling Mistakes
My brain conjures wiggly red lines under the text. Commas morph into semi-colons and dance before my tired eyes. Run-on sentences taunt me from the safety of already-published prose. They laugh as they join hands with subject-verb disagreements, saunter into a field of misquotes and unpack a picnic of acronyms and medical terminology.
Yes, I’ve been doing too much editing. I come across so many web pages with common spelling mistakes and misused phrases. Most of them – given the sites I frequent – are on writers’ articles, often about writing.
Here, for your personal edification, are some more of those that really set my teeth on edge.
1. Buisness – yes, it’s obviously just a transposition of two letters, but that’s what the wiggly red spell-checker lines are for! FireFox has one built in, IE’s is here.
2. Catergories – how can you spell this wrong? It’s on every single blog post entry screen. Look! Over there! See the box with “Categories” at the top?
3. for awhile now- “awhile” is an adverb and is only really used in poems. “Come, rest awhile” and all that. You have to wear flowery dresses or live in a dingy garret to write like that. Normal people don’t use it. “A while” is the noun. That’s the one you want.
4. easygoing – ever heard of a hyphen? You know, those little lines that have been around for about five hundred years and join words together? “Easy” and “going” are separate words.
5. my curiosity is peaked – so your curiosity is a physical object that has a pointed top? Eh? You mean “piqued”, I think.
6. everyday and anymore – “uuunnnnnnnnngggggghhhh!” That’s the sound of my love of language haemorrhaging violently. Both of these are adjectives – “an everyday event” – not adverbs. The adverb versions are two words: “I do this every day. I can’t take it any more.”
7. you looser – the oft-voiced retort to Grammar Nazis like myself pointing out spelling mistakes, this one really stands out. Who’s the “loser” now?
8. tollerance – repeatedly wrong in an article on – yes, you guessed it – tolerance for spelling mistakes in job applications! Come on, even the browser spell-checkers spot that one!
And finally, a couple of bonus items to make you laugh.
Firstly, we have a repost of a well-known email poem that points out just how useless a spell-checker is if you don’t apply a bit of common sense.Secondly, we have possibly the best public spelling mistake ever. Yes, it’s real.
So tell me, what are the mistakes that drive you crazy? Which ones do you always make yourself? (Mine is “independent” – for some reason, I want to put an “a” in the place of the last “e”.)