Ten Mistakes Guaranteed to Make a Reader Cringe

By February 10, 2018Language, On Writing
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Not every reader is a grammar nerd, or even the best at spelling and punctuation, but we certainly have an advantage over those who do not consume books for pleasure.

We can tell by the comments made on social media by our very own Reading Addicts, that good grammar is very important to them. If a meme or book quote is slightly off-kilter then all Hell can break loose!

We came across these awful mistakes on our weary web travels and knew instantly who would appreciate them (or not!)

See how many of these horrendous mistakes you can get through without scratching your eyes out.

Ready? Set? CRINGE!


Oh lordy…




This is actually painful…

Fire the editor!

Oh! A multi-levelled nightmare!

Wait, what?

So are you, mate…

J.K. Rowling Can’t Stop Laughing After Donald Trump Publishes a Grammatically Incorrect Tweet Boasting About His Writing Skills

By | Language, News, Political | One Comment
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It seems famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling can’t stop laughing after President Donald Trump published a Tweet criticising the press for “pouring over” his Tweets in an effort to find any spelling or grammar mistakes. Trump pointed out that he has written “many best selling books” and that he only capitalizes certain words for emphasis, not because they should be capitalized. Unfortunately for Trump, the Tweet in which he praised his writing skills included a typo. Can you spot it?
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When ‘spell it how it sounds’ goes terribly wrong…

By | Inspired by Literature, Language | No Comments
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Sometimes advice is well-intentioned but doesn’t work in all instances- like the ‘I before E’ rule, for example, or ‘spell it how it sounds’. Clearly people can get confused, and despite trying their hardest they occasionally come out looking like a fool.

We have all been there, right? When we are unable to remember how to spell a word and have to take a massive guess… Sometimes it works out- often it does not.

Here are 10 examples of when “Just spell it how it sounds” is actually terrible advice.

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Oxford English Dictionary Hunts for Regional Words

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The Oxford English Dictionary has launched the ‘Words Where You Are’ appeal in the hope of documenting regional language that is often not recorded as it is only spoken. You know the kind of words, the words you use all the time but then you go to a different part of the country and the word is met with a blank stare.

As a Welsh person I am well aware of this phenomenon, especially as we use so much incidental Welsh in our speech. That’s a whole different language but around the UK different regions also have their own variations on regional words.
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Bruce Worden Perfectly Illustrates English Homophones

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Homophones are words that sound similar but spelled differently and with different meanings- like bear and bare, bored and board, sale and sail.

Bruce Worden’s Facebook page Homophones, Weakly  explores the wonder that is the English language in all its confusing glory. His clever illustrations show the difference between the words in a visual way- helping any of us still struggling with there/their/they’re, among others.

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  • Caterina B says:

    Oh yeah, the banana one is my pet peeve. For many years our local grocery store would have signs saying bananas with an apostrophe. Oh wait, maybe not. I do not know why people cannot get the difference between you’re and your. It makes me crazy. I remember when my daughter’s teacher made that mistake a long time ago. SHE WAS A TEACHER, for heaven’s sake. Even now, I still see that lazy mistake in Facebook posts. I have to restrain myself, though, because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by correcting them. However, I did correct a mattress salesman last week when we were shopping for a new bed. He kept say “lay down and try it.” I finally said, “I know you’re a mattress expert and I certainly am not, but the correct word for recline is LIE, not LAY. I also corrected my chiropractor, Naughty me. I think people just don’t care about speaking and writing correctly. Or, they don’t know what they don’t know.

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