Lest you plan to find your embarrassing blunders in my list of sinfully misused words, as seen here:
Spelling Peeve#1: “Then or than“
Than or then? Which should you use? If you call yourself a writer, you shouldn’t be asking me! Here’s a hint: “than” implies a comparison; “then” supports before and after; cause and effect.
If you can’t figure out when to use than, then you are in trouble.
Spell Check Peeve#2: “Their and There“
OMG. This is by far the most common misspelled word in the history of letters. We all know what the differences are between using these two words, don’t we?
In the passion-filled heat of a moment, you subconsciously typed the wrong word. But you forgot to correct it.
There is no forgiveness for those who misuse their there’s and theirs.
Misspelled Word Peeve#3: “Loose and Lose“
If I stood to lose one dollar every time I came across someone with a loose grip on spelling these words correctly, I’d be broke in a week.
Here comes an unnecessary primer: to lose is the opposite of to gain, while something loose is bound to fall off or come undone.
Got it? Great.
Illiterate Peeve#4: “Want and Wont (won’t)”
I find it hard to believe these two contenders even made it to my list of common misspelled words! Who on Gaia’s green Earth confuses such unrelated words?
“I want tell you how many times I see this mistake on blogs, emails and social networks, but I won’t you to quit doing it.”
See what I mean? Terrible! Stop it!
Grammar Peeve#5: “Patient and Patience“
“Do you have little patients for a bonafide writer who has a problem seeing sick patience in a hospital?”
I lost a few pounds of brain cells just by typing that. While this travesty to the written word doesn’t happen often, it still occurs.
Are YOU guilty of it?
Spell Check Peeve#6: “Myriad” or “A myriad“
“There are myriad of people not knowing how the heck to use this term faultlessly.”
Pun intended. Folks, stop deciding to leave out the all-so-needed “a” for this word! (And save yourself a myriad of embarrassment in the process.)
Justifiable Peeve#7: “ize or ise“
Disclaimer: If you aren’t from the U.S.–if you live in the UK or other location where “z’s” are replaced by “s’s,” this doesn’t apply to you. Local dialect differs across the globe.
“BUT…if you are from the United States, writing for U.S. consumption, and you don’t recognise how to optimise your grammar for smart readers…”
…you’re just a few s’s away from lost credibility.
Lastly-But-Not-Least-Peeve#8: “Your or You’re”
You’re certifiably insane if your edits fail to catch this slip-up. Even moreso if I’m expected to elaborate further on such a faux pas.
Consider your target audience and don’t be illiterate! Keep a trigger finger on that spell-check button, or you’ll be a statistic on my next list.
I’m sure there are a slew of commonly misspelled words which I failed to include in this post. Which words do YOU see improperly spelled by folks who should know better? Leave your comments below and let the fun continue!