to want to teach people how to spell certain words?

(145 Posts)
AllOutOfNaiceHam Thu 04-Jul-13 21:15:04

You need to defiantly go to A&E.
Did he defiantly do that?
Tomorrow I will defiantly phone them.

I wand to defiantly punch these people. Definitely.

Tee2072 Fri 05-Jul-13 15:04:42

Caesar or salad?

Fakebook Fri 05-Jul-13 16:54:41

We don't use American English in the UK.

Fakebook Fri 05-Jul-13 16:56:46

I mean it's not taught in schools.

PipkinsPal Fri 05-Jul-13 17:04:15

Inlovewith I'm with you on that one. If you want to see typos watch tv subtitles. Graham Norton was talking about cheesy wotsits once and it came up as cheesy whatnots. I work in a Doctor's surgery and the times I see prescription spelt as perscription drives me mad. I've seen dementia spelt as dimentia and chlamydia, not an easy word I know, spelt clamidia. Sounds the same when said but doesn't look good written down.

JacqueslePeacock Fri 05-Jul-13 18:13:10

I didn't say inventory was pronounced the same as infantry, so there's no need to give me a humphy face. I said they are pronounced similarly - as in, it might be difficult to distinguish which is which in a fast conversation or regional accent. And to my mind, I'd much rather have something which sounds like infantry than the American English "inVENT-ORY" to rhyme with story.

Maybe and mabey. It's MAYBE. To DCousin who I could never, ever be rude to, but I think I might crack if it takes longer! I spell some words wrong and have some bad grammar- but as a foreigner, I think I have a bit of an excuse, but as English is her first language, she could put some effort in OR pick up a dictionary.

Buzzardbird Sat 06-Jul-13 04:35:04

grin it wasn't a 'humphy' face, it was intended to be a hmmm face as I am now convinced that I must sound like Keith Lemmon when I say 'inventory' and wasn't previously aware I was doing it.
Will practice saying it like infantry. Don't want to sound like a twat grin

Beaverfeaver Sat 06-Jul-13 04:48:56

I once had 'regards' autocorrected to 'retards' on the end of a work email, so I ended it saying Kind retards'!!

Oh how we laughed

Dorange Sat 06-Jul-13 05:03:06

We need to bring education UP not Down
English isn't even my first language and I make such an effort, it drives me mad when English people can't be bovvvvvered.

My FIL chose a name to my H which could be spelled with a 'V' or a 'PH' in the middle. The PH version is more popular so when I asked MIL why they chose the V version the answer was: - because PIL wouldn't know how to spell with a PH

I was horrified , honestly. What is the big fucking difference? Just put a PH instead of a V or say PH instead of V....is it really that difficult?

For me it doesn't matter if it PH or V but the reason why they chose the V are weird to say the least.

Gullygirl Sat 06-Jul-13 06:40:05

I'm Scottish,injections were always called jags when I was growing up.

echt Sat 06-Jul-13 06:57:00

Off his own back. It's off his own bat.

ZZZenagain Sat 06-Jul-13 07:26:44

off his own back might be American. Tbh we read and hear so much American English, I don't know if it is realistic to expect people to only use British English. This might be a problem with spellings too. I see the final consonant before the -ed ending in the simple past of verbs is often not doubled anymore and I think that might be because of the influence of American English (occurred to occured, cancelled to canceled, etc.). I also see accidently a lot for accidentally. I am not sure if it is American usage. The more you come across a variant spelling, the more acceptable it seems until at some point you use it without thinking about it.

echt Sat 06-Jul-13 07:43:23

It's origin is in cricket, so not American. Probably a misheard word, and given the meaning of the phrase "back" would sound plausible to explain one's own efforts.

PoppyAmex Sat 06-Jul-13 07:44:26

"My head is literally blowing up". - it really isn't.

"I was stood" - did someone plonk you there?

"I couldn't care less" - ??

PoppyAmex Sat 06-Jul-13 07:45:02

Sorry that would be:

"I could care less"

How does that make sense?

Yonihadtoask Sat 06-Jul-13 08:02:51

Are for our.

When we got to are house??
Are daughter said...

Except and accept

Apostrophes.

All these wind me up.

crossparsley Sat 06-Jul-13 16:48:10

I'm not judging anyone who gets this wrong, but mainly their teachers (either tell them what's right or instil a lifelong attachment to dictionaries, reference books, etc):
It's rein in, not reign in.
It's a metaphor for constraining a horse. Annoys me to see "reign" so often but I can see how it might feel like it makes sense (something to do with control) so please, teachers, professional writers, sub-editors (I have seen it in national newspapers and even more often on their websites, in the journalism not the comments), take a bit of care.

nennypops Sat 06-Jul-13 17:02:15

Dorris: yes, I would reject a job candidate with an ungrammatical or badly misspelt CV. That's because (a) I work in a field where accurate writing matters, and (b) I just know that dealing with that day after day would irritate me to hell.

Another pet hate which I don't think has been mentioned yet - "bias" when people actually mean "biased". E.g. a claim that, say, a TV interviewer "is bias". Utterly ridiculous. Interestingly, it's a mistake very frequently made by illiterates ranting on about the BBC and claiming that it is bias.

mercury7 Sat 06-Jul-13 17:32:59

most of the examples on here are words which are commonly confused, rather than spelling mistakes, although I suppose there is some overlap.

Poppy, I think this "I could care less" is said in a sarcastic way with a rising inflection, to mean 'could I care less? No I couldn't'

Or maybe I'm wrong?

mercury7 Sat 06-Jul-13 17:41:12

I dont feel any need to teach people how to spell or use words correctly.

When I do notice errors I see them as a reflection of a person's level of literacy, education and intelligence.

(no doubt others will make evaluations based on stuff I write blush )

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