Getting random text messages from total strangers is pretty normal, right?
Mistakes happen. It’s okay.
But it makes you wonder. How on earth do these people get a hold of your number in the first place? This wasn’t even my real phone number – it was my “other” phone number, the one you’re not supposed to have.
It was an icy February evening, and someone had discovered my number. They sent a text. Suddenly I was having an awkward conversation (never try this at home).
Lol Wuhss Uhp
Wrong number, that’s what.
Lol Haha Real Funny
You know? I think you’re drunk.
Nahh Lol iT Aint New Yearz
It’s more work spelling that incorrectly than it is correctly.
Thass Swagg iN Ya Txt Lol Yu Shud Gett Sum
You have serious issues. I feel sorry for the correct number.
The conversation was going nowhere fast, and it ended as abruptly as it started. Here’s an important lesson for you – if you contact me, you better take it seriously because I’m actually going to respond.
Even if you have the wrong number.
How important is grammar?
If you make a mistake, should it bother you? It’s okay to use horrible grammar to attract readers … but you have to do it right.
You may not have the swag of that anonymous writer, but sooner or later you’ll spell something incorrectly, like it or not. It’s life.
But it’s one thing to make a typo out of the blue, and another to unconsciously repeat the same mistake again and again. Here’s a list of ten popular “typos” that make smart writers look
stupid not as intelligent as they really are.
1. Everyday vs Every day
Everyday is an adjective, not an adverb. It is incorrect to say “I exercise vigorously everyday,” because the word is functioning as an adverb to describe the verb “exercise.”
You should only use “everyday” when it’s an adjective describing a noun.
Taking out the trash is a monotonous, everyday activity.
2. Anymore vs Any more
If you thought “anymore” was a word, think again.
It’s not in the books. Period.
Don’t use it.
3. Then vs Than
This one drives me up a wall. Then describes the sequence of events, while than is used for comparison.
The common misuse is to use then when you mean to use than. You should never say, “This is cheaper then hiring an ad agency.”
That’s just plain wrong.
4. Effect vs Affect
As a good rule of thumb, affect means influence, while effect means result. That being said, these two words can get a bit tricky.
We effectively affected the infection.
Like I said, it gets deep. Just don’t mess it up.
5. Elude vs Allude
Elude means “to escape” while allude means “to refer to something.” You’ll rarely come across the word elude and when you do, the writer usually means allude.
6. Except vs Accept
Except means “unless” while accept means “to recognize or take possession of.”
This may seem pretty clear-cut to you, but it’s bizarre how many bloggers mess it up.
I never accept donations, except when they’re more than a thousand bucks.
7. Awhile vs A while
Never use awhile when the word is an object of a preposition. Say a while. Yes, this is an extremely common mistake.
I’ll be there in a while.
8. Its vs It’s
I don’t mean to sound crass, but there’s no excuse with this one. Its is a third-person possessive pronoun while it’s is a contraction for “it is.”
The common mistake is to use the contraction when you want the pronoun.
Its outer frame is made of aluminum, but it’s tougher than you think.
9. PSS vs PPS
PS stands for “postscript.” If you want an additional postscript, you say PPS, which means “post postscript” (and in this case, post means “after”).
You never write PSS.
10. Not Closing the Parenthesis
There are only two bloggers in the entire universe who don’t make this mistake. It’s dangerously easy to start a parenthetical statement and forget to close it.
(As a general rule, parentheses are a bad idea, and should be avoided.
See how obnoxious it looks?
What other typos have I left out?
Back in high school, I honestly didn’t care about prose. Writing abbreviated, misspelled text messages was cool. Making unintentional grammar mistakes was a pain in the neck, but not worth losing sleep over. After all, nobody but one or two people would ever read it.
Blogging has changed all of that. Do you realize that thousands of people will potentially read your every word? Do you really want to embarrass yourself with lousy English skills?
This stuff matters.
What common mistakes did you not see in this list?
Let’s here about them …