Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spell Check Fail

You want to be a professional writer? Then write like a professional.
Know the basics. 
Start sentences with a big letter and end with one of those tiny dots. 
When you've done some writing for a while, hit the button with the crooked arrow on it. This makes a thing called a paragraph. 
Oh, and don’t make stupid spelling mistakes.

Like this one, for example, from my work elevator.




I am severly severelly severoliry  a lot concerned.

Seriously, we trust these guys to install lifts? That seems like complicated engineering. I'm not sure they should be trusted to tie their own shoes. 

Not only can they not spell severe, they can’t even misspell it with any consistency. 

(Although, to be fair, I think a “sever cyclone” is what happens when a cyclone flings a piece of rusted sheet metal at your neck and decapitates you. Yeah, I think that’s a thing.)

Here are the words I usually screw up without spell check:

occurrence
accommodation
calendar
gauge

What words do you commonly misspell?

21 comments:

  1. Miss spelling with consitancy is my speshalty.

    I can NEVER spell "occurrence" correctly on the first try. Never. I only got it right this time because you had it written above.

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    1. You can't trust what I wrote above, LG! Before I edited, I had managed to misspell "calendar".

      Proved my point, I guess!

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    2. Well, I didn't get any red squiggly lines under it when I wrote it, so you done good. Life really wouldn't be worth living without spell check.

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  2. Misspell is actually one of those words I have to check.

    And I've always had trouble with gaurd/guard, so I remember it by picturing a guard saying, "Gee, you better get out of here." G, U. And "guarantee" the same way. But now your "gauge" has screwed me up. :P

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    1. Gauge is tricky.
      I also hate weird, because it breaks the "i before e" thing. But it's allowed, I think, because it's weird.

      I like how you remember "guard". Guard is why I always want to misspell gauge.

      And thanks for the catch on calendar. I hate that word so very, very much.

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  3. Opportunity. I always squish an extra U into it.

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    1. It seems like an extra U would fit!

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  4. Definitely.

    I spell that word wrong at least 75% of the time.

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    1. Me too! I always have to think "finite" and work back.

      "Separate" is also horrible for me.

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  5. LOL. I have problems with guard and guarantee as well. Also, 'their'. This word flys in the face of the i before e except after c rule and it really freakin' bugs me. I always misspell it.

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    1. I was watching QI a while ago and apparently they no longer teach the "I before E except after C" rule in UK schools, because so often it's just plain wrong.

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  6. Receive...every freaking time I invert the i and the e because for almost every other word that they fall next to each other it's suppose to be that way!

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    1. I know! It's a crap rule, isn't it?

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  7. Recommendation and embarrassment are my worst too - and I seem to use them a lot in comments :-)

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    1. I'm okay with embarrassment, but recommendation can usually trip me up!

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  8. And then there's cemetery.

    We say cemetary and calender, so why can't they just swap letters and get it right?

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    1. Exactly! They always tell us that English is an evolving language. Hurry up and evolve.

      I can't believe I left cemetery off the list. Screws me every time. That's why I love the word "graveyard". No ambiguity there!

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  9. I once worked in a building with a door labelled "roof excess". I always wanted to see how they stored the extra roof but the door was always locked. Sad, eh?

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    1. Lesann, that is brilliant!

      "Yeah, we had to keep the excess up here. Nowhere else it would fit."

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  10. Occasion and, by natural extention, occasional.
    I'm always trying to add another 's'.

    I remember one time, way back when I was like nine or ten, I forgot how to spell follow. ^_^

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    1. When I was that age it was "Tomorrow". In my brain i still have to split it up into Tom. Or. Row. to remember how to spell it.

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