Ten Mistakes Guaranteed to Make a Reader Cringe

By February 10, 2018Language, On Writing

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!

WHAT?!

Oh lordy…

Nope.

GET OUT.

Really?




This is actually painful…

Fire the editor!

Oh! A multi-levelled nightmare!

Wait, what?

So are you, mate…




Ten Mistakes Guaranteed to Make a Reader Cringe

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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.

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The OED Yearly Update is in: Mansplain it to Me

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Language is fluid, and ever changing and that’s why the team at Oxford add and change dictionary entries every single year. Each year they examine the language used in the media, essays and literature, deciding which words are in and which words are out.

The 2018 Oxford English Dictionary update is in, and this year there are 1,100 new entries, phrases and senses. Here are the ones we think you might be most surprised at. Read More

19 Surprising Contronyms

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Contronyms are also known as ‘auto-antonyms’, a word with multiple meanings with one being the contradiction of another. For example: to dust is to remove debris from a surface, while to dust can also mean to sprinkle something onto a surface… We can dust the worktop to remove any debris before placing the cake down to then dust it with icing sugar.

Here are some of our favourite contronyms in the English language.

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What Happens When Predictive Text Botnik Re-Writes Harry Potter

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What happens when a community of writers, developers, and artists get together to create something strange and wonderful?

Botnik.

Botnik is described as “augmented content creation” and one of its most hilarious algorithms is the Predictive Keyboard. Taking a chapter from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, a group of clever clogs at Botnik have re-written it using the predictive bot… Be warned: this reimagining will make you either laugh or cry, Potterheads!

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30 English ‘Lost Words’ Discovered by Researchers

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We’re passionate about language here at For Reading Addicts, without it we wouldn’t have all the wonderful literature we do. From obsolete words to words in other languages that don’t translate, we love a good language story and what follows is the best of ‘good language stories’. Researchers have discovered 30 undocumented ‘lost’ words, that is words that have fallen from use and are no longer recorded in the dictionary. Read More

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