0 Dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T-ing the English Language

Grammar Crackers
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Minor typos or grammatical errors in a document, blog, article, what have you, can be overlooked (unless you're as compulsive as I am). Everyone makes mistakes. However, a plethora of misspelled words, improper grammar and punctuation errors can instantly disqualify your intelligence in the mind of your reader.

Problogger has published a helpful list, 10 Common Spelling Mistakes That Haunt Bloggers, to raise awareness of this epidemic. The frequently disrespected words are as follows:

1. accept/except

2. advice/advise

3. all right/alright

4. effect/affect

5. every day/everyday

6. its/it's

7. passed/past

8. quiet/quite

9. then/than

10. who's/whose

These words are misused quite often, especially on the internet. Can you think of any other serious offenders? If so, please help spread the word (see that? see what I did there?) by posting your observations below.

One more thing, while I still have your attention... Grammar is defined as "the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed." Aren't the above examples really indicative of improper grammar, rather than incorrect spelling? The words are spelled correctly, they're just not being used as such in sentences. Share your thoughts on this in the comment section.

And that concludes today's English lesson. Class dismissed.

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