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Spellings that make you cringe

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jarhead123 · 02/11/2018 22:28

I know some people can't help it, I get that.

BUT I've just seen a photo on FB of a Mum & daughter and someone has comment 'so pressures' - I am assuming they mean precious!!

Any other classics you've seen?

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CoalTit · 17/11/2018 07:46

The ones I see all the time on mumsnet:
loose for lose
reigns for reins
who's for whose
are all understandable.

Discrete for discreet winds me up because I always think people believe they're using a British spelling of discreet and don't know they're two different words with different meanings


AlphaJuno · 18/11/2018 08:40

There's a whole section devoted to 'Chester Draws' on the fb selling pages 😂. After reading this thread I couldn't believe so many people have written that, so I looked and it seems a significant amount of the population think that's what they're calledConfused.


ItsLikeRainOnYourWeddingDay · 18/11/2018 08:46

My fav is 'I pacifically said I would do it' (specifically)


Rachie1973 · 18/11/2018 08:51

Discusting - if you’re spelling it like that, you’re saying it wrong too!

And local to us is a takeaway that has clearly spent a lot of money on a big store frontage sign. It’s huge and backlit.

It has the name of the shop and a proud announcement that they cater for ‘fine dinning’.


ItWasntMeItWasIm · 18/11/2018 08:54

AlphaJuno I just searched fb marketplace for Chester Draws and now seriously doubting myself that they are actually called a Chest of Drawers 😂 They all seem so certain that they are Chester Draws!


DragonSnaps · 18/11/2018 09:02

I know someone who writes 'boi' instead of 'boy'. It drives me insane!


ChodeofChodeHall · 18/11/2018 09:17

I seen the name 'Jessykah' on my news feed today

The irony Grin


ChodeofChodeHall · 18/11/2018 09:19

Once, in a bowling alley in Wales, I saw a sign in the form of a brass plate on the wall:

"No customers aloud passed this sign"


Anasnake · 18/11/2018 09:25

'Reeper cushions' - my favourite Grin


MarklahMarklah · 18/11/2018 12:54

An overhead mis-spelling when I was in hospital having DD. Woman in the bed across from me had a newborn DD and was talking to the midwife about what she was naming her child.
New mother: "I'm calling her after my mum, Priscilla."
Midwife, pen poises to write: "That's lovely, how are you spelling it?"
Woman:" no,....P-E-S...."


AlphaJuno · 18/11/2018 21:26

@ItWasntMeItWasIm started to doubt myself too! Maybe it's us that's been getting it wrong all along. Or there's some weird parallel universe where Chester Draws is the correct name 😕🤣.


ItWasntMeItWasIm · 20/11/2018 20:18

Makes total sense. Actually a better name than Chest of drawers!


LadyRenoir · 20/11/2018 21:31

@ChodeofChodeHall OMG I see 'aloud' on so many facebook groups, when people say stuff like "I'm not aloud to do this with my child" etc. I can't look at it!


IchWill · 20/11/2018 22:01

We're all used to shorthand in social media and on phones. LOL, LMAO, WTF etc.

But I inwardly cringe when I read a "LOOOOOL" anywhere. Ah, so you laughed "out, out, out, out out loud" did you?



IchWill · 20/11/2018 22:08

Also, my dad had a mate in the 70s who'd been given the task of registering the birth of his and his DW's new DS. They'd decided to call him Dwaine.

Dad's mate trots off to the register office and goes about the process, when the registrar asked to confirm the spelling of the baby boy's name. My dad's mate then realised he didn't know how to spell it.

He though for a moment and replied to the registrar, phonetically and said something like "D.U.R.W.A.Y.N.E." (I can't recall the exact spelling, it was either that or Duhwayne, Derwayne!)

Yep, true story, I often wondered if the lad changed his name or at least the spelling in later life.


Jamhandprints · 20/11/2018 22:23

We was busy
I seen it


applesauce1 · 20/11/2018 22:35

Incorrect use of past progressive for "to sit" and "to stand" grates on me. "I was sat" and "I was stood" seem to be more common than the correct form now. I even read it in a book.

People also don't know the difference between "to lay" and "to lie".

I am definitely being unreasonable in being irritated by these things. I wish I didn't notice. Teaching Y6 grammar is a wonderful outlet.


puzzledlady · 20/11/2018 22:39

Nothink or Nuthink (nothing). Yuck! I hate hate hate that!

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