• 21st November, 2012

THE 10 MOST UNFORGIVEABLE SPELLING MISTAKES

If, like us, you don’t mind being called the grammar police or spelling bullies then you’ve come to the right place.

Today, we are feeling like having a little rant about terrible spelling.

We all have spelling mistakes we just can’t stand, and yes, we have all learnt from our own mistakes but there are still people out there who just keep getting it wrong!

1. LOOSE or LOSE:
LOOSE is what happens to your clothes when you LOSE a few pounds.

2. TOO, TO AND TWO
You TOO need TO spell TWO correctly.
(Emphasis, preposition, number, got it?)

3. ANGLE OR ANGEL
A square has ANGLES, a circle does not. An ANGEL wears a halo in the shape of a circle (the shape with no ANGLES).

4. EFFECT OR AFFECT
EFFECT is a noun. AFFECT is a verb. Still confused?
Try replacing AFFECT with another verb…
–          Your terrible spelling AFFECTS my mood.
–          Your terrible spelling RUINS my mood.

5. IT’S ISN’T ITS
IT’S = contraction for IT IS or IT HAS.
ITS = possession.
IT’S really not that difficult to remember ITS correct spelling.

6. WEIRD NOT WIERD
I before E except after C, but WEIRD is a word which doesn’t agree.

7. THEY’RE, THERE, THEIR.
Where are Peter and Jane? THEY’RE over THERE improving THEIR spelling.

8. A LOT is never one word.
There is no such thing as aload, atonne, amuch, amany, so stop writing ALOT.

9. COULD OF, WOULD OF, SHOULD OF read a grammar book.
The contraction COULD’VE sounds like COULD OF… but it’s not! HAVE, people, HAVE!!!

Finally, in our opinion, comes the absolute worst spelling mistake known to man, the mistake that will haunt our dreams until the day we die.

10. “Hey Darren, YOUR not going to believe what Michelle said.”
Do you know what? We don’t care what Michelle said, YOU’RE wrong and YOUR terrible spelling makes us want to cry!!!

Ah, we feel so much better for getting that out. Rant over.

You might like to check out our blog on terrible translations and the importance of proofreading.

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See you next week!

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