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Commonly misspelled words October 24, 2009

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There are written words that people misspell, and seeing them causes my fists to form and my brain to scream. . . . Here are the culprits:

There is no such word.
A lot
I ate a lot of candy.
Her brother is a lot nicer.
She jogs a lot.
Your (these things belong to you)
Your purse, your house, your car, your boyfriend.
You’re (short for you are)
You’re skinny. You’re kind. You’re smarter than I thought.
Affect (verb/action word)
He affects my heart.
Her sharp words affected my emotions.
Effect (noun/person, place or thing)
The swine flu had a bad effect on my lungs.
His kissing had no effect on me.
Used a lot but not correct
All right
She drank all right, and she felt sick the next morning.
Than (for comparison)
He is taller than her.
She is more beautiful than that actress.
Then (relates to time)
And then we quit writing.
We ate and then we drove home.
Further (abstract)
Don’t push me any further!
Her imagination went further than she wanted it to go.
Farther (distance)
The plane went 150 miles farther than the airport.
The coach made us run farther than we had ever run before.
(I remember this because farther has the word far in it.)
There (a place)
No, she doesn’t live here, she lives over there.
He went there yesterday.
Their (belongs to them)
Their testimonies are exaggerated.
Their kids are wild.
(This is also easy to remember because there has the word here in it.)
I can’t bear (carry) this heavy burden.
Love bears all things.
She bared (exposed) her soul.
Her feet were bare (shoeless).
Lose (used more often as a verb)
I can’t lose you, you cannot leave me!
And when did your husband lose the remote control?
Loose (used more often as an adjective)
Wow, your pants are really loose on you! You must have lost a lot of weight.
She’s a loose woman, a nymphomaniac.
Loose/loosen, when used as a verb
Loose (completely release) me, set me free!
Loosen (partially release) my shackles and I will run far from here.
Hopefully this will help those of you who are not gifted with good spelling.



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2 Responses to “Commonly misspelled words”

  1. Emma Says:

    This is a great article. We recently put together a list of the top 10 misspelled words which people search for in our dictionaries. It might be interesting for you to have a look at

  2. RKCharron Says:

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks for the post on proper spelling of words.
    Alright, I admit I’m guilty of using “alright”.
    All the best,

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