Hall of Misspelling Shame : What words do you see misspelled/misused the most?

spiced spiced
After thinking about this some more, I also get irritated with misused words, although lately I've begun to wonder if this is sort of a "dog whistle", something only a rare few of us actually notice and understand. For example: simplistic does not mean the same thing as simple; disinterested doesn't mean the same thing as uninterested (to name but two).

But as I said in my earlier comment, I try to let things like this slide; I'm not perfect, either.
04/05/2013
TheirPet TheirPet
Gosh, so many. I wish my spelling were better.
04/05/2013
Cinnyree Cinnyree
i run into more spelling problems than grammar...maybe because I don't notice.
04/05/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by spiced
After thinking about this some more, I also get irritated with misused words, although lately I've begun to wonder if this is sort of a "dog whistle", something only a rare few of us actually notice and understand. For example: ... More
I decided not to include more examples of misused words because I thought the list was getting too long. I was just waiting for people to get to these! I love your dog whistle analogy! I, too, wonder if anyone else is catching these & if they are, why they are not correcting people. Have we become so ridiculously PC that we are more concerned about possibly hurting someone's feelings than we are of constructive criticism? I know you can't always correct people, your boss, for example, but they don't correct children in grammar school who say, "We be going to lunch." (Oh, the irony of calling it grammar school!)

My mom, sister & I all call each other when we hear an especially egregious misuse of a word and get a good laugh out of it. But sometimes it's just too sad to laugh.

So, come on people, let's start adding more misused words to the list! These might take some more thought than the simple spelling errors.
04/05/2013
evie.amor evie.amor
I appreciate good grammar, but I've gotta admit.. I'm a creative speller myself. Thank goodness for spell check on my browser and Microsoft Word! :-P
04/05/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
The definitely misspellings drive me the craziest. They are everywhere! Ahhh!!
04/06/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I decided not to include more examples of misused words because I thought the list was getting too long. I was just waiting for people to get to these! I love your dog whistle analogy! I, too, wonder if anyone else is catching these & if they ... More
My reason for not usually correcting people has nothing to do with PC! It's simply too exhausting.

Language also evolves. Did you realize that using the word "nauseous" to mean "nauseated" used to be considered an incorrect usage? Similarly, using "media" as a singular noun was frowned upon. Now, those usages are considered perfectly acceptable. Who's to say what will be considered correct in future which is "incorrect" now? In fact — EVERYONE! For better or worse, language standardization (or standardisation, if you want to be correctly British) is a democratic process.

I do try to set a good example and I most definitely have my opinions! But I prefer to keep them (mostly) to myself. There are so many other (arguably more useful) ways to expend energy. But I agree with you about correcting children, and I do admire you for "fighting the good fight"! Rock on.
04/06/2013
r00ster r00ster
All of these
04/06/2013
britanny0620 britanny0620
I'm used to it by now, but I have a ton of friends who just cannot for the life of them spell things correctly/use the right words.
04/06/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by spiced
My reason for not usually correcting people has nothing to do with PC! It's simply too exhausting.

Language also evolves. Did you realize that using the word "nauseous" to mean "nauseated" used to be considered an ... More
Nauseous instead of nausea is one of my pet peeves! I was not aware that common misuse had changed the definitions, I though it was still up for debate?

BTW, for those who do not know, when you say you are nauseous, you have just said you inspire nausea in someone else!

Nauseous should be used to indicate causing nausea and nauseated to indicate the subjective feeling of nausea.

The correct usage is:

"I'm nauseated," for when you're sick to your stomach & feel like you will vomit.

"The skunk's natural defense is a nauseous smelling spray to repel attackers" or "That perfume is nauseous (or you could also say nauseating)"

Do I correct everyone I hear, no, I certainly do not, because it's not my place! Can I bitch about it? Absolutely, and that's what made being able to post this discussion an opportunity I couldn't resist!

I agree it would be exhausting to correct everyone, not to mention they probably are so deficient in the subject to even follow the correction. (Maybe that's mean to say, but it's also true, in my not so humble opinion ) But, it is such a habit for me & not at all draining, to correct children's grammar. It's how they learned to speak in the first place & I guess you get so used to it, it's second nature.

It's a wonder anyone can learn a language at all with rules being so subjective. But, I am one who likes to know the etymology of words & find it helps with knowing how to use them. As for the possibility that the usage will change in the future, I don't have a crystal ball, so for now, I will stick to the current accepted usage & be a voice in favor of the current usage unless I believe there is a reason to change it. I am no cunning linguist, so I will leave the finer points of the philosophical debate to others. I just want to know what the heck someone is saying.

"There are so many other (arguably more useful) ways to expend energy."
I guess talking is not that energy consuming for me, as I go a mile a minute if allowed.
04/06/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I decided not to include more examples of misused words because I thought the list was getting too long. I was just waiting for people to get to these! I love your dog whistle analogy! I, too, wonder if anyone else is catching these & if they ... More
May I add that cloths and clothes do not mean the same thing?
04/06/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
May I add that cloths and clothes do not mean the same thing?
You probably should because I've seen it too!

Phonics, people!!!
04/07/2013
Martiniman Martiniman
I voted for your/you're, but I myself have problems with effect/affect.
04/08/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by Martiniman
I voted for your/you're, but I myself have problems with effect/affect.
Just remember: a side-effect can negatively affect your health.
04/08/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
a lot vs. allot --> two different words
04/08/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I've just seen a new one to me, but then again, I'm not hip to text lingo:

Ime for I'm
04/08/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I've just seen a new one to me, but then again, I'm not hip to text lingo:

Ime for I'm
Please tell me that you're kidding.
04/08/2013
edeneve edeneve
my spelling is fairly accurate, however, since I'm not perfect, I do make mistakes now & then.
04/08/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
I see that it happens a lot on Eden with reviews. Many people still vote highly on those reviews. I know that I'm guilty of typoing when I write reviews late at night. I'm very far from perfect.
Mistakes may catch my eye in a review, but if it isn't too bad I just try to understand that there are more important things in life to focus on.
04/08/2013
Forever Hers! Forever Hers!
Its for it's and that really grinds my gears!
04/09/2013
Chastity Darling Chastity Darling
I am so bad with effect and affect but DESPISE any type of text speak. I also suck at comma placement. Grrrr...
04/09/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I just saw one I forgot about:

coarse for course

I think their is a lot of basic confusion about homonyms.
04/10/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I just saw one I forgot about:

coarse for course

I think their is a lot of basic confusion about homonyms.
Please tell me you did that on purpose.
04/11/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
Please tell me you did that on purpose.
That was the funny part, don't you think? Of 'coarse', I did it on 'perpus'! You think I'd spell homonyms correctly & not 'there'?




(Seriously, it was to be an ironic joke, too subtle? Anyway, if someone missed it, I did the above one here. At least you got it, that's something!)
04/11/2013
edeneve edeneve
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Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
I know it's a little off topic, but it really irritates me when I'm at work and potential employees don't fill out their job applications correctly. There are four blocks on the application for education - high school, business/trade ... More
lol! lol! I'm sorry for laughing, but that's way too funny.
04/11/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by edeneve
lol! lol! I'm sorry for laughing, but that's way too funny.
Isn't that terrible, but I can see it happening!
04/11/2013
Eugler Eugler
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I just saw one I forgot about:

coarse for course

I think their is a lot of basic confusion about homonyms.
But are they really homonyms?

I (extranjero) would definitely pronounce them differently.
Same as 'your' and ' your're '.
04/12/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Eugler
But are they really homonyms?

I (extranjero) would definitely pronounce them differently.
Same as 'your' and ' your're '.
Yes, 'coarse' and 'course' are homonyms. They are pronounced exactly the same, but spelled differently. The same is true of 'your' and 'you're'.

Technically, they are all homophones & only words that are spelled AND pronounced the same are true homonyms in a linguistic sense. But, in a non-technical, general usage sense, homonyms refer to both homophones & homographs, (words that are spelled & pronounced the same, yet have different meanings).
04/12/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
ect. for etc. -abbreviation for etcetera. In Latin, Et cetera means "and other things", or "and so forth".

desert for dessert
harrass for harass
humourus or humerous for humorous
ignorence for ignorance
independant for independent
intelligance for intelligence
seperate for separate
04/17/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
peak vs. peek vs. pique

Don't mind moi, just adding as I see them!
05/21/2013
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