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Lurkers' Week: What common misspelling drives you crazy?

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LaraGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 13-Mar-20 16:24:06

There is much consternation at GNHQ over the misuse of loose and lose. Although we do have to confess to always having to spellcheck broccoli blush.

We also object to things being spelt the American way (realize instead of realise).

Over to you!

manny Fri 13-Mar-20 16:32:13

'vunerable' - hardly surprising, as it's so often mispronounced by television presenters.

Parsley3 Fri 13-Mar-20 16:37:31

Ah yes, loose instead of lose is increasingly common and very annoying because the words have very different meanings.
It is the misuse of the apostrophe in plural words that drives me crazy.

Pittcity Fri 13-Mar-20 16:39:23

"Would of..." instead of "Would have...."

twinnytwin Fri 13-Mar-20 16:42:41

Potatoe - grrrr.

CherryCezzy Fri 13-Mar-20 17:03:12

There are several. It's not incorrect spellings that irritate me but ill use of words does. The example given by Pittcity is a perfect one.

sodapop Fri 13-Mar-20 17:29:06

Reign instead of rein. Using 'myself' instead of 'me'.
Qualifying the word 'unique' something is either unique or it isn't.
Using 'different to' instead of 'different from '
Better stop now before I annoy myself .

eazybee Fri 13-Mar-20 18:01:37

suffereing and intresting because this is how my computer spells them.
Lucky I spot them.

Ellianne Fri 13-Mar-20 18:18:26


SalsaQueen Fri 13-Mar-20 21:51:21

Not really a misspelling, but a misuse of words - there/their/they're and your/you're

MissAdventure Fri 13-Mar-20 22:08:12

Too, two and to.

grannyactivist Fri 13-Mar-20 23:01:41

Oh my - here’s a can of worms you’ve opened:

Jane10 Sat 14-Mar-20 06:46:49

Draws for drawers!

Juliet27 Sat 14-Mar-20 06:56:55

Mischievious instead of mischievous

Witzend Sat 14-Mar-20 07:10:01

Actually, ‘realize’ is the main entry in my big fat Oxford dictionary - ‘realise’ is given as an alternative spelling.

I hadn’t realized/realised that it wasn’t an American spelling until I was working for a U.K. publisher whose house style included several ‘ize’ endings. I was highly indignant - until I checked the dictionary for myself and saw that they are not wrong in British English.

Discrete instead of discreet is one I’m seeing more and more. A lot of people seem unaware that the meanings are different.

Baggs Sat 14-Mar-20 07:10:06

it’s when it should be its

It’s ALWAYS means ”it is” so a lot of the time what people write doesn’t make sense.

Grandma70s Sat 14-Mar-20 07:12:08

All of the above! I would add definately for definitely, and any American spellings such as favorite for favourite.

GagaJo Sat 14-Mar-20 07:19:29

Homophones do my head in, as an English teacher.

Plus the reversal of quotation marks and speech marks in British and American writing. I always tell my students, pick one system and stick with it, but don't mix them up!

Grandad1943 Sat 14-Mar-20 07:21:04

Some of us who have various forms of dyslexia have to rely on spelling and grammar checkers that give us what the producers of those applications see as fit vocabulary and spelling.

I and others with dyslexia apologise if in our mild mistakes some forum members find annoyance. However, we can only get by as best we can and such applications have in very many cases truly transformed our lives.

I am surprised that those who run Gransnet did not think to point the above out when starting this thread. I am sure the spelling and grammar police will now be greatly encouraged to once again take to the forums so as to "show up" myself and others by way of our inaccuracies.

Rock17 Sat 14-Mar-20 07:28:40

Seperate instead of separate

sodapop Sat 14-Mar-20 08:31:38

This is Pedants Corner Grandad1943 don't join us if its not to your liking. Nobody on here is criticising posters we just like to see words written and used correctly.

seacliff Sat 14-Mar-20 08:42:29

Effect and Affect. So many get it wrong, including my Manager at work. I explained it to him nicely. He took it well.

Grandad, no one is getting at you, I am sure we all understand the difficulties if you have this condition, I know, as my niece has the same problem.

Hopefully we will not be mentioning this in posts, I think it rude to correct people as you never know what problems they may have.

Angelwings Sat 14-Mar-20 09:06:16

It’s ‘chimley’ and what’s worse is that some people actually say it that way too 😂

GagaJo Sat 14-Mar-20 09:08:32

It's a personal response GD1943. For me, when I have to mark upwards of 40 books a week and at least half have similar errors, it does get a bit repetitive. But I think if asked, my students would say I was a kind, supportive teacher. I do my hair pulling and teeth gnashing behind closed doors, or until they cough or sneeze without using elbow or tissue!

GagaJo Sat 14-Mar-20 09:09:23

As a person with some US family members, axe instead of ask drives me batty.