Okay, I’ll admit I chose the title of this post to get your attention.
And I want to begin by saying I know you are not stupid.
But let’s face it. People tend to judge you not only by how you look, dress, and carry yourself, but by how you speak and write.
So if you care about making a good impression on people (within reason- heck, you can’t please all the people all the time!), this post is for you.
I’ll keep it short and to the point. Here are 8 errors I see in writing or hear in speech commonly, along with their correct counterparts:
- It’s granted, not grant it. As in, “Granted, there are many people who couldn’t care less about using words and phrases properly.”
- And while we’re on the subject of who couldn’t care less, that is the proper expression, not could care less. If you could care less about something, then chances are you care about it quite a bit (let it sink in for a minute).
- It’s sneak peek, not sneak peak. I realize this one may be because your fingers just feel like typing ‘ea’ over again, but please resist the urge.
- It’s regardless or irrespective, NOT irregardless. Really. Look it up if you don’t believe me.
- There’s nothing wrong with me (the word ‘me’, I mean). I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Okay- when in doubt, remove the other person from your sentence and leave only yourself. Thus, “Please contact either Suzie or myself,” becomes, “Please contact myself,” and “Please contact Suzie or I,” becomes, “Please contact I.” (Huh?!? Exactly.)
- It’s should have, not should of. As in, “You should have seen how poor my grammar was before I read Helen’s post!” (wink)
- It’s touch base, not touch bases or, as a former co-worker of mine used to say, touch basis (I can’t imagine where he got that one). There is only one base, people. As in Home. You touch it when you make a home run, check in with headquarters, or land aboard the Mother Ship. Make sense?
- Nobody ever lead anyone astray. I hope I have led you to understand the correct spelling of this oft-misspelled word.
‘Kay, now that I’ve ridden my Grammatical High Horse all over town, I’ll climb down and admit sheepishly that I make mistakes myself (probably a lot).
There may be some in this post. Go easy on me, please. I’m a lover, not a fighter.
But I do hope you got something useful out of this list if you are guilty of repeated violations.
It could be important during an interview, a blog post, a Tweet, or a conversation with someone on whom you want to make a super-stellar impression.
What about you?
Do you have any pet peeves about a word or phrase you hear misspelled or mis-used often?
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