Confusions and Connections

Spelling peeves

When you see a word used wrongly - spelling peevesBefore anyone goes on about what I have written about lists before. Especially top ten ones. Please dispel your sense of belief for a while.

There are some things that annoy me when reading other people’s copy. I did discover this list but that sums up other people’s. I will add my greatest peeve at the bottom as number 11.

The image to the right shows how I feel when I see some of theses. Especially if it’s the 11th on out erroneous top ten list

  1. Your and You’re are not the same word.
  2. The contradiction of could have is not spelled Could of.
  3. Then shows sequencing events. Than is used for comparison.
  4. Most of the time, Affect is a verb and Effect is a noun.
  5. There, they’re and their are completely different words.
  6. To, Too and two are also completely different words.
  7. D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y There is definitely no A in that word.
  8. Your pants are Loose. You lose your keys.
  9. You bear weight with your bare hands.
  10. A lot is always two words.

Finally, is number 11. This is my top peeve. I see it soo many times and it does drive me to distraction

  1. It’s and its are completely different words. One is contraction of it is and the other shows possession .

If you have any of your own, please add them in the comments below. Either that or just head over to the OED’s website [ If you have a UK library card you can search the whole website for free ]

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