Saturday, September 15

The Spelling Monsters





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In speaking, bad grammar can be likened to bad breath. It can turn people off.



In writing, bad spelling is like crooked teeth. It might scare people away.



And in today’s world when most interaction is made through the Internet – Twitter, Facebook, chat rooms – our wrong spellings that we normally take for granted are placed in the limelight, for everyone to see and criticize.



Of course you can always shrug it off and say that people who pay too much attention to spelling are “Spelling Nazis.” Spelling's just these little things that hardly matter. The most important thing is, you can send your message across and people understand you.



But if you’re working in the field of public relations or advertising (or have plans to join), then you also know that “First impressions last.



You are a constant representative of your company, and everything you say, write, or send by e-mail will be taken as the standard of the whole. A bad impression that you will make through your small mistakes can be magnified to a great extent.



You might reason that you’re just planning to post a bit on Facebook every once in a while; you’re not going to work as a copywriter or editor anyway. But many of the words misspelled by people are very common and used in our everyday lives. So there’s little chance of avoiding them.



For some reason, the tiny mistakes just keep coming back at you, and the right order of letters always seem to mess up under the blinking cursor when you type. There are many tiny Spelling Monsters that eat the letters up when you’re not looking…





How to Fight the Spelling Monsters




Well, the best way to beat monsters is to face them. Don’t run away from them and do try to wrestle with them bit by bit. Soon you will realize that you’re not afraid of the Spelling Monsters anymore. And the braver you become, the sharper and more precise your ability gets.






My Top 5 Favorite Misspellings



Misspelling # 5


MY DIARY LIFE


At least one person uses this to label a photo album online. It’s hard to tell what it really wants to say, because there are 2 possible meanings:



First, I guess the person makes this wrong spelling “diary” for another word “daily,” which means every day.



So, it's correct to write “My Daily Life” = my everyday life.



The person could also just write “My Diary.” This means the small notebook where people write stories and things about their lives. I suppose that could work even for a photo album; people would still easily make the connection and understand the meaning.







On the other hand, the wrong spelling “dairy” means milk, butter, cheese and other products that come from the farm!







Misspelling # 4


GRAMMER


This spelling mistake is big because some people (including me) see grammar and spelling as sort of cousins. Don’t you?



Anyway, please remember that the correct spelling is “grammar” with a letter “a,” not with an “e.”





Misspelling # 3


NOTING


I remember this misspelling well because, in my experience, it was made by an English school owner (!)



He wrote for the teachers:



Let’s train! We can do it!! Noting is impossible.



Actually, he should’ve spelled it:



Nothing is impossible.



Because of his mistake, it sounded like he said a completely different thing: “You’re not allowed to take down notes about the training!”






Misspelling # 2


MASSAGE


This is the wrong spelling of many people for “message.”



Message” means the note that you send to your friend by text, e-mail, or chat. In contrast, “massage” is the service that you get when you’re feeling stressed-out and you go to the massage parlor.



You can always imagine my surprise when somebody sends me this message:



I’ll send you a massage later.






Misspelling # 1



My last and most favorite spelling error is:


CRAP


A friend of mine made this mistake once:



I love eating seafood. I like fish, squid, and crap.



The spelling should be “crab,” the sea animal with claws.







Crap” means the harder stuff that goes down the toilet.







;-D






More Misspellings 





Here are some other common misspellings that you can learn from:





Wrong Spelling


Correct Spelling
accross
across
acheive
achieve
adress
address
alot
a lot
appearence
appearance
arguement
argument
attatch
attach
begining
beginning
beleive
believe
calender
calendar
collegue
colleague
comming (!) 
coming
concious
conscious
curiousity
curiosity
definately
definitely
dissapear
disappear
dissapoint
disappoint
enviroment
environment
finaly
finally
foriegn
foreign
fourty
forty
foward
forward
freind
friend
gaurd
guard
goverment
government
happend
happened
independant
independent
intresting
interesting
irresistable
irresistible
knowlege
knowledge
neccessary
necessary
persistant
persistent
realy
really
recieve
receive
religous
religious
seperate
separate
succesful
successful
suprise
surprise
tendancy
tendency
tommorow
tomorrow
tounge
tongue







Hope you learned something!

;-)








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