10 Stupid Spelling Mistakes To Avoid
April 11th 2009 18:28
Time for a little finger-pointing fun today, methinks. I'm not going to get into that whole "correct spelling and grammar" argument - you know, the one about the language dying. Why not? Well, mostly because it's been done to death a million times, but also because it always degenerates into a personal mud-throwing affair (and there's far too much of that going on already).
So I thought I'd put together a quick list of the ten spelling mistakes I've seen most frequently, along with pictures (wherever possible) - just hit the links. These are the errors that make bloggers, writers or even companies look incredibly stupid. Or is that "stoopid"?
1. Differance. The word is 'difference'. Unfortunately, not even schools can manage to get this one right.
2. Mabye. I guess it might be right, phonetically. Depends where you're from. Around here, we spell it "maybe". As in, "it may be".
3. Sucess. Always two c's, please! Especially if you're in a "people" industry.
4. Loose. Only losers spell lose incorrectly. Loose is more appropriate when talking about morals, or clothes.
5. Then. Oh, it makes me want to scream when people use "then" instead of "than". More then anything else!
6. Gullable. It's spelled "gullible", not "gullable". Sigh.*
7. Non-existant. It doesn't exist! It's "non-existent", with an e. By the way, put the correct spelling into the dictionary.com web site and ask it to search... it can't find any matching results!
8. Priviledge. It's "privilege". It's not a shortened version of "private ledge" or something. LOLcats the world over would disagree, though.
9. Can not be beat. How are we supposed to read this? It can not-be-beat? Or it cannot be beat. Beetroot? "Beat" Takeshi? Yes, it's common parlance, but it's written "cannot be beaten".
10. Strait. It might be straightforward for you or me to get this straight, but a lot of people are in dire straits when spelling straight. A strait is a relatively narrow passageway connecting two bodies of water.
* Hah, gotcha! It's spelled either way. I was just kidding!
Title image by Kevin Marks
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