Thursday, June 01, 2006

I've Had It

As a writer, my clients usually like it when I spell everything correctly.
As an Internet addict, I run across frequent instances of bad spelling, and it drives me to distraction.
I too make common mistakes on some of the words below, and rely on spell check to keep me sounding semi-literate.
Here's a handy list of common words we Internetistas frequently spell wrong.
Let's clean things up, shall we?



a lot
absence
acceptable
accidentally
accommodate
acquire
acquit
all right
amateur
analyze
apparent
argument
believe
business
calendar
camouflage
category
cemetery
changeable
chief
collectible
colonel
column
committed
conscience
conscious
definite(ly)
description
dilemma
disappear
discipline
eighth
embarrass(ment)
encouragement
equipment
especially
existence
experience
February
foreign
forfeit
forty
fourth
fulfill
gauge
government
grateful
guarantee
happily
height
heroes
hierarchy
humorous
hygiene
ignorance
immediate
independent
intelligence
island
its/it's (Where is its dog bowl? It's in the yard.)
jewelry
judgment
knowledge
leisure
liaison
library
license
lightning
maintain
manageable
maneuver
mathematics
medieval
memento
miniature
millennium
miscellaneous
mischievous
misspell
muscle
necessary
neighbor
noticeable
obedience
occasion/ally
occur/occurrence
opinion
parallel
permanent
perseverance
personal
personnel
possession
potato/potatoes
precede
preferred
principal/principle (pal is the elementary school boss)
privilege (no d)
pronunciation
questionnaire
receive
receipt
recognize
recommend
referred
reference
relevant
religious
restaurant
rhyme
rhythm
schedule
scissors
separate
special
subtle
supersede
technique
temperature
their/they're/there
thorough
to/too/two
truly
twelfth
until
vacuum
weather
Wednesday
weird
you're/your (you're= you are, your = is that your house?)

Which one(s) do you often misspell?
I am bad with words that end in 'ence' versus 'ance.'

Class dismissed!

20 comments:

Lulu Maude said...

Who the hell spells vacuum on a blog. Blogging is what one does when one is avoiding vacuuming.

Lulu Maude said...

p.s. The dust bunnies say high.

BigSis said...

thans KZ, I kneaded some help to figger out some of the more diphicult werds.

Lulu Maude said...

p.s. there's a misplaced modifier in yer phurst sentence.

The Educated Eclectic said...

How funny - I am watching the first-time nationally televised Spelling Bee right now - what a hoot - and here is your spelling post.

Also, have to share, I just won a contract to write the copy for an ad campaign for a local 4-branch bank for the next year.

I will send my stuff to this blog for proofing...

:)

Lulu Maude said...

sorry. that was a cheap shot.

i love ya.

Mike said...

not a spelling error - but "irregardless" drives me crazy - as does "supposebly"

Mike said...

i disagree, lulu - karen is saying they like when she spells "everything" correctly... as opposed to spelling it "everrything"

Shelley said...

Have you noticed how many bloggers spell "stomach" incorrectly? They (we) seem to assume we have stomach aches at all times, methinks, and add an "e" on the end, making it "stomache."

Great list!

(Egads -- I'm missing the Bee!)

Karen Zipdrive said...

Lulu- perhaps I just did that to see if everyone was paying attention...
or maybe grammar never was my long suit.
:P

Mike, I hate the word irregardless as much as I hate to read the words 'utilize'in place of 'use' and 'invaluable' in place of "priceless."

Anonymous said...

[posted this in the previous entry comments and can't seem to delete it]

"Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl yore miss steaks."

larkohio said...

OOOOO those ance and ence words get me every time. When I read back and see that I have made a mistake in grammar or spelling, I feel so dumb. I just itch to go in and fix it and I can't. Darn!

Trish said...

I always have to look up sheriff to see if there are 2 R's or 2 F's. And I have this really bad habit of spelling mirror "mirrow" and I have to change it. The its/it's and they're/their/there bug me the most.

Oh and when people say "and I" because they think it's correct instead of saying "and me."

duckus said...

As long as we are talking about works, can we please have a moratorium on "alls" and "anyways"? Before I go completely insane?

-shari

Karen Zipdrive said...

Alls I know is, the phrase "revert back" troubles me the most.
Anyways, back to your comments...

dusty said...

Oh for the love of god..you went through my blog didn't you? I am so sorry..I refuse to spell check anything..until after I have hit the submit button.

I know..its too late by then, but I live dangerously,what can I say?

Deb said...

It's not an incorrect spelling, but it has bothered me for years when I have heard people say 'impacted' to mean 'to have an impact on.'

As for incorrect spellings, I use 'gonna' instead of 'going to' with great relish and abandon. :)

Lulu Maude said...

I'm a pretty good speller, but I type lots of extra letters, since I never took typing. I used to start all sorts of words with involuntary o's, which gave everything a sort of singing syllable effect.

CLD said...

I always pause before "a lot" and lately have been typing it correctly. But, there was a time when I would have sworn by "alot".

"Definitely" is a word I see misspelled constantly. Drives me bonkers.

And random, strangely-placed apostrophes. What's up with that?

IowaNiceGuy said...

Spelling errors drive me nuts! I think I am a proficient speller but I still use WordWeb when I have any doubt.

The beginning of the list - a lot - is beyond annoying. 'A lot' is usually not the best choice grammatically, and then to have it misspelled adds insult to injury!