Can you Speel It?

I would add to the spelling list (thanks, WordPress):

  • Knowing how to distinguish between its/it’s, your/you’re, there/they’re/their . . . and
  • Knowing how to use nominative and objective pronouns (nominative = pronouns that name; objective = pronouns that receive action)

These are musts for any polished piece of writing.

What are your spelling or grammar pet peeves? Share your frustrations here!

The Daily Post

Courtesy, as pretty much always, of Bryan A. Garner, here’s a list of 25 of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.

  • accommodate
  • committee
  • consensus
  • definitely
  • embarrass
  • expedite
  • grammar
  • harass
  • hors d’oeuvre
  • innovate
  • inoculate
  • lieu
  • millennium
  • minuscule
  • misspelling
  • noticeable
  • occurrence
  • pavilion
  • persevere
  • playwright
  • receive
  • restaurateur
  • separate
  • supersede
  • ukulele

Commit these to memory, and should you ever find yourself needing to accommodate a ukulele player who wishes to receive an inoculation from a playwright while persevering at his art in a pavilion, you’ll be spared the embarrassment of making any innovative misspellings, whether minuscule or easily noticeable.

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4 thoughts on “Can you Speel It?

  1. Ugh, I was an English teacher and I still make the simple mistake of switching its/it’s. I get so annoyed at myself! One of my students once misspelled cologne as colon… that made for a hilarious short story.

  2. I tend to agree with Garner, but it seems that some misspellings are making their way into the writing of so-called professionals. Microsoft Word accepts “miniscule” as a legitimate spelling and American Heritage calls it a variant of “minuscule.” Am Heritage also allows “restauranteur,” but Word flags it as a misspelling.

    1. That’s so true, Laura. Many changes are making their way into the English language, but then, that’s its history. I wonder what it’ll be like in another 20 years!

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