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rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 19:50:42


Where in God's name has this all come from? It's so rife on these boards. So many times I've been reading a perfectly reasonable, eloquent post, only to come across one of these "words". I actually fear they will become recognised words and end up in the Oxford Dictionary, just like "selfie". There's probably more that I've forgotten.

I don't claim to be a grammar expert, but these literally aren't even words! I knew I'd be slaughtered if I posted anywhere else about it, so here I am. Does it infuriate anyone also beyond belief? I can't articulate how it makes me feel!

iklboo Wed 12-Sep-18 19:51:50

I'm glad it's not just me. It can't even be explained away as a typo.

HollowTalk Wed 12-Sep-18 19:54:04

And 'thankyou', too! The thing is that it shows up as a spelling error - THAT IS THE CLUE!

Yikesisthatmeinthemirror Wed 12-Sep-18 19:55:11

Yep pisses me off alot grin

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 19:57:04

Just remembered someone I have on Facebook who always posts where she's "offtoo" confused

FuckyDuzz Wed 12-Sep-18 19:59:37

I’ve never seen afew or abit but I genuinely thought alot was a word until fairly recently when someone told me it isn’t
I’ve no idea where I got it from, I’m pretty sure I was taught it was at some point
And I did English Language up to A Levels blush

Fezzik Wed 12-Sep-18 20:00:06

This will help you alot:

Yikesisthatmeinthemirror Wed 12-Sep-18 20:04:35

That's a work of genius

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 20:06:05

Thank you @Fezzik! That is exactly what I needed grin

@FuckyDuzz I've seen "abit" at least twice on here in the last half hour!

SwedishEdith Wed 12-Sep-18 20:08:08

I think alot confusion comes from alright - the 'al' bit.

butlerswharf Wed 12-Sep-18 20:08:21

Can I add Restbite to the list. envysmile

iklboo Wed 12-Sep-18 20:11:51


rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 20:12:07

@butlerswharf Yes! I saw that on here a couple of days ago. Someone being perfectly decent, and kind, and giving advice. But also making up words!

OkPedro Wed 12-Sep-18 20:25:09

Off instead of "of"
"Can I have a bag off apples"

Angle instead angel always makes me laugh

Oh and anal instead of and all

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 21:13:04

Anal is anew one on me!

OkPedro Thu 13-Sep-18 00:05:42

anew one eh ragey grin

Anal "and all" seems to be an Irish thing but I've seen it on a few uk sites recently
I just can't take a person seriously if they type/write crap like that

weegiemum Thu 13-Sep-18 00:30:51

Earlier I saw "persue".

It could have either persuade or peruse, from context (now I can't find it of course!).

I know about alot not being a word as in primary school I had 100 lines once which said "A lot, not alot" and I had to do them twice because I missed out the comma! 10 year olds these days don't know how easy they have it!

weegiemum Thu 13-Sep-18 00:31:57

*Sorry, peruse or pursue. Not sure where persuade came from

MissLingoss Thu 13-Sep-18 00:38:02

I think alot confusion comes from alright - the 'al' bit.

But alright isn't right either. It's all right.

2doubles Thu 13-Sep-18 00:44:00

Discusting, fumming, draws(drawers)

Purplepinkpurple Thu 13-Sep-18 00:51:52

'Brought' instead of 'bought'

Purplepinkpurple Thu 13-Sep-18 00:55:35

I hate when people say 'generally ' instead of 'genuinely'. For example' ' i generally had no idea there was no such word as alot' instead of 'i genuinely had no idea there was no such word as alot'.

BitOfFun Thu 13-Sep-18 00:56:19

'Alright' is fine. Completely acceptable.

BitOfFun Thu 13-Sep-18 00:59:08

'Discusting', 'fumming' (and 'rediculous', come to that) are all used ironically on mumsnet, surely?

OkPedro Thu 13-Sep-18 01:12:56

I kind of understand discusting
The g sounds like a c..
My 9 year old dd thought probably was spelt probaly as that is how she hears it pronounced

AlrightBabby Thu 13-Sep-18 01:29:35

I've tried and tried, but I can't make disgusting sound like discusting, but I used to know someone who went to a VERY prestigious private school, she was educated to Masters level and ALWAYS wrote alot confused

iklboo Thu 13-Sep-18 10:19:56

I was apauled wink

rageymcrageface Thu 13-Sep-18 20:27:34

"fumming", now that is quite something:

Ginslinger Thu 13-Sep-18 20:32:05

would of finishes me off

Iamagreyhoundhearmeroar Thu 13-Sep-18 20:34:23

Anal seems to be an Irish thing??
What? I’m assuming you mean an’ all which is just “and all” in a regional accent; but not especially an Irish one.

rageymcrageface Thu 13-Sep-18 20:35:26

Oh God, yes! How could I forget?! That and could of are definitely up there, level pegging with my original list!

OkPedro Fri 14-Sep-18 01:01:24

iamgreyhound I meant "and all" written as anal not the phrase "and all"
So yeah what they want to type is "an all" but they type Anal grin

littlecabbage Fri 14-Sep-18 01:09:32

There's probably more that I've forgotten

Should be "there ARE" - sorry OP!

3ChangingForNow Fri 14-Sep-18 01:12:23

Defiantly instead of definitely.. Yes yes defiantly IS a word. Just the WRONG word.

TownHall Fri 14-Sep-18 01:37:06

'Abit' and 'afew' are typos surely?

Some people really struggle with written English and I think it's unkind to be so scornful of them. What if someone had learning difficulties, dyslexia or didn't speak English as a first language reads this thread. Some people could be really upset and embarrassed by it. Is that your intention?

Iamagreyhoundhearmeroar Fri 14-Sep-18 08:21:15

Oh I see, Pedro. Why would you actually type in the vernacular at all, though. Nobody needs to “hear” your accent through the written word.

rageymcrageface Sat 22-Sep-18 14:25:51

"Loose" instead of "lose"!

AskingForAnEnemy Sat 22-Sep-18 14:30:25

When people don't know the difference between of and off.

A person on my Facebook keeps posting that she's looking forward to "A week of work"

I have to sit on my hands to not respond with "why would you look forward to a week of work??"

Hanyu Sat 22-Sep-18 14:34:32

Sometimes the space bar doesn't get hit hard enough on my computer, so words get stuck together.

Abit really should be a word.

I'm going to sleep abit. Like a modern version of awhile.

ferrier Sat 22-Sep-18 14:56:39

My phone tries very hard to autocorrect me to some of these and many other even more bizarre non-words. Sometimes I don't notice so I apologise in arrears and in advance if I upset anyone.

mumsiedarlingrevolta Sat 22-Sep-18 15:02:25

It's not a word just because people are trying to make it one.

iklboo Sat 22-Sep-18 15:18:02

* Positivity.*
It's not a word just because people are trying to make it one.

Sorry, than one is a proper word, especially in science. It's just being over-used by shiny eyed 'life coaches' these days. grin

mypoosmellsofroses Sat 22-Sep-18 15:22:35

delete if not aloud angry

CanadianJohn Sat 22-Sep-18 15:26:27

I grew up in a very literate family in an area where dropping the initial 'h' was almost universal. I had a friend who genuinely could not see any difference between 'is' and 'his', as in "I borrowed is book".

This was in pre-internet days, btw, about 60 years ago.

abbey44 Sat 22-Sep-18 15:35:13

Discrete being used instead of discreet seems to be increasingly common.

Lauren0rder Sat 22-Sep-18 15:37:00

His and he’s bugs me too.

His not going to school today.

His feeling unwell.


Dontsweathesmallstuff Sat 22-Sep-18 15:45:52

Butlerswharf yes, Restbite drives me crazy.

Its Respite. I need some of that.
I don't fancy any Restbite though, sounds painful grin

mumsiedarlingrevolta Sat 22-Sep-18 15:49:02

It's just being over-used by shiny eyed 'life coaches' these days

blush I stand corrected. and totally agree with your assessment grin

wizzywig Sat 22-Sep-18 15:50:10

Asdas and mataland

Cattenberg Sat 22-Sep-18 18:14:14


rageymcrageface Mon 05-Nov-18 17:36:54

Someone selling their house on Right Move...

Ginazon Mon 05-Nov-18 17:46:15

Dd (8) was in the kitchen doing home work and shouted through ‘does a lot have one ‘l’ or two?’ DH shouted back ‘one’ and it was only because of threads like this, and that cartoon, that I realised I had to clarify that it was two words and not one. I can’t remember ever seeing it used seriously. Maybe I’ve been on here too long and my eye skims over it now.

Ginazon Mon 05-Nov-18 17:47:13

I’m now annoyed that I/autocorrect put a space in homework.

FrogsSpawnofSanta Mon 05-Nov-18 17:53:52

It's the use of Am instead of I'm and been instead of being that annoy me.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 05-Nov-18 18:11:39

Assuming your DS didn't actually mean 'allot', Ginazon, but that's unlikely to occur in an 8yo's homework.

WontonSoupForTheSoul Mon 05-Nov-18 18:18:25


iklboo Mon 05-Nov-18 19:09:26

Imma gonna.

Ginazon Mon 05-Nov-18 19:09:36

Errol grin I didn’t check the context I have to confess.

rageymcrageface Thu 06-Dec-18 18:20:32

It's rife out there today!

Amfeelingfline Sat 02-Mar-19 11:30:13

President instead of precedent...

Danglingmod Tue 19-Mar-19 22:23:33

Worse... I keep seeing "apart" instead of "a part"... They actually have opposite meanings so it's very confusing to understand what is meant.

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