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RhodaMorgenstern · 22/06/2010 10:18

hear, hear

As you were.........

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maktaitai · 22/06/2010 10:22


but hang on, I thought flak was spelt like that? It certainly is in my copy of Enemy Coast Ahead?

maktaitai · 22/06/2010 10:23

Oh sorry, I see, you are posting the correct versions

[gets coat]

Pogleswood · 22/06/2010 10:30

These are all commonly misused/misspelled words,yes?
I feel your pain,especially with regard to "counselling"
Personally I feel that I've been scarred for life by being taught at an impressionable age what "disinterested" means!

RhodaMorgenstern · 22/06/2010 11:42

Yes, I've just read 'flack' on here for the umpteenth time and just needed to metaphorically stuff my fist in my mouth and pedants' corner seemed the best place to do so. I know such pettiness doesn't really matter in the general scheme of things but I was at work today and a colleague, who is employed as a writer, wrote 'here here' in an email. A small part of me died.

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squeaver · 22/06/2010 11:44

The worst thing on here is their/there/they're.

And all the random lols scattered throughout sentences.

GetOrfMoiLand · 22/06/2010 11:59

i.e. where someone means e.g.

Persay instead of per se.

maktaitai · 22/06/2010 12:02

'Oh fay' for 'au fait'.

Although, to be fair, at least I understand what they mean, and they are having a stab at using a wide vocabulary. But there's something especially dispiriting about it for me - what on earth are people thinking when they actually type that out?

EricNorthmansmistress · 22/06/2010 22:08


It's uninterested you dullard.

singsinthebath · 23/06/2010 00:28

Heard Mary Portas misuse "disinterested" on her shop programme last night.

PortiaNovmerriment · 23/06/2010 00:35


cattj · 01/07/2010 09:49

wala! instead of voila!

Yes, really. Harrrrumpphhh!

cattj · 01/07/2010 09:54

Seen in a recent letter about some sham/scam competition:

"You are illegible for the prize drawer."

=> eligible
=> draw

I'd say the author of that letter was illiterate.

thumbwitch · 04/07/2010 16:08

Ah but complementary can of course be spelled complimentary and I have seen people using the former when they should have been using the latter.

Agree with others in the list.

Another I have seen is when someone is or is not "phased" by something - the word is fazed. Just because it looks Americanised is neither here nor there - it's a different word.

Vicious spelt either viscous or viscious.

And of course the ubiquitous 'loose' instead of 'lose'.

So many...

BecauseImWorthIt · 04/07/2010 16:15

'your' instead of 'you're'

NotAfraidOfTheBudget · 06/07/2010 13:05

my boss left me a note to buy some "panna choclates"...she meant Pain au chocolat...

SherbertHerbert · 06/07/2010 13:06


Acanthus · 06/07/2010 13:08

I got some flowers last week with a note sending me "Best Wishe's". WTF?

DaisySteiner · 06/07/2010 13:18

Clique not click. The two words are not homophones either.

CaptainKirksNipples · 06/07/2010 13:27

I worked with someone who would give us the daily Budjit's and Target's, I changed it most mornings and she would change it back! I had to leave or I would have murdered her!

CaptainKirksNipples · 06/07/2010 13:28

The worst one here is would of instead of would have or would've. Aaaaaargh!

Littlefish · 06/07/2010 13:36

A van drove past me last week with a sign that said:

Baked Potatoe's
Ice Cream's


elliemental · 06/07/2010 13:40

if i see one more chester draws wanted or offered on my local freecycle, I will turn into a cyclepath...

also please, learn the difference between our and are.

prism · 06/07/2010 13:56

I have always made a point of refusing to sleep with anyone who can't spell cunnilingus. This has served me well.

colditz · 06/07/2010 13:59

I cannot spell counselling. My spell checker tells me that this version is wrong, but I don't know what the right version is. And on the odd occasion I DO get it right, I cannot, CAN NOT remember it the next time, not to save my life.

lamplighter · 06/07/2010 13:59

This was on an advert for Sky TV where I saw aerial spelt ariel. I mean really - they should know better.

Also, on the back of a bus threatening the dire consequences of being a benifit cheat.

Also in a shop window "two cats free to a good home - one male and one female - spade and nuted"

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