Commonly Misspelled Words & Mangled Phrases


This is a list of words and phrases commonly misspelled or mangled on the Internet. If you have any further suggestions, send me a message.


Addition/Edition

Correct uses are:


Affect/Effect

That these two words get mixed up is highly understandable, as they sound almost the same when spoken and have similar meanings.


AKA

Stands for "also known as." Don't use "AKA" if what you're writing sounds strange or clunky if you read it out as "also known as."


Alot

Should be written a lot.


Alright

Should be written all right, at least in formal writing.


Averse/Adverse

"Averse" refers to having a feeling against something. "Adverse" refers to something that is against something, either in principal or in physical location.


Baited breath

Should be bated breath.


Bear/Bare

One spelling refers to an animal or to the action of carrying or enduring something; the other describes a state of being uncovered.


Breath/Breathe

The first is a noun; the latter is a verb. Used correctly:


Compliment/Complement

"Compliment" refers to a positive remark, whereas "complement" refers to something that completes something else.


Could of, would of, should of, etc.

Should be could have, would have, should have, etc. You can also contract them to could've, would've, should've, etc.



Definately

The correct spelling is "definitely," with an I, not an A, as the third vowel.


If you think X, you have another thing coming

Thing should be think.


Intensive purposes

Should be intents and purposes.


It's/Its

Normally, apostrophes belong in possessive forms. Not so with it's and its. Take heed:


Loose/Lose

Often, the former is used in place of the latter. The correct usage is:


Peak/Peek/Pique

Correct uses of these words are:


Poor/Pour


Straight/Strait


Tale/Tail

The first is a story. The second is generally found on an animal's butt.


Than/Then


Tow the line

Should be toe the line, as the phrase refers to keeping your feet on a line marked on the ground.


Too/To

"Too" is a synonym for "also" or "overly," whereas "to" is a particle indicating direction or transfer.


There/Their/They're

"There" indicates location. "Their" is possessive. "They're" is a contraction of "they are."


You're/Your

You're is a contraction of you are, whereas your is a possessive word.


Wander/Wonder

"Wander" has to do with moving around with no particular goal in mind. "Wondering" is about thinking about something in a questioning manner.


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