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Do you people ever learn?

It's time for a.. GRAMMAR AND SPELLING LESSON!

effect - noun. "The effect that the insecticides had on the plants was enormous"
affect - verb. "The insecticides affect the plants"

Separate. Separate. Separate.
Seperate is NOT A WORD.

Different. Different. Different.
Diffarent is not a word.

Difficult Difficult Difficult
Diffacult - NOT A WORD.

Definitely. Definitely. Definitely.
definately doesn't even LOOK right. Come onnn...

to (to a place, to do something)- I am going to the store to buy groceries.
too - (also) I want to go too.

use to - use to do what? This is not a past tense verb! The only time it could even possibly be correct is if you are describing the use of an object. A pencil I use to write. Even that doesn't make sense, either.
You are looking for "USED to" I USED to go to Godby. I USED to not mind when people used this incorrectly. I USED to not be a murderer.

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beckyaya
Sep. 27th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
How about "your" and "you're". And, sometimes, "ur".
thisgirliknow
Sep. 27th, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
luckily I've drummed that into my friends list enough that I actually haven't seen any of those mistakes recently. I just about died a few months ago when an English major on my list used "their" instead of "they're."
lizblizz
Sep. 27th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
Everyone has their bad days.
thisgirliknow
Sep. 27th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
true, very true. this one is notorious for bad spelling, though. Oh well.
lizblizz
Sep. 27th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
I don't fault people for "effect" and "affect" because that rule is rather tricky to remember. The rest are pretty common.

And I will add my pet peeve of "definitely" NOT "definately" to that list.
thisgirliknow
Sep. 27th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
I knew there was one I was forgetting! I kept thinking it was different that people incorrectly spelled, but it's definitely.

I fault people for effect and affect. I don't fault people for "hopefully" at the beginning of a sentence.

I also tend not to fault for lay, laid, lie, lied, etc.
lizblizz
Sep. 27th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Even as a journalism major, I didn't really learn the effect/affect rule until Reporting, and even then I still have to think about it each time I use one of them. So if my job relies on knowing the language and not even I can remember that, then I can't blame others for the same mistake.

The lay,laid, lie, lied rules are tough too.

Really, my only pet peeve is "definitely". Wonder what that says about me?
gegenschein
Sep. 27th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
I have a certain friend who constantly spells it definately even though she is an English major and even though she also KNOWS THE PROPER SPELLING. I love this girl, but sometimes I just want to wring her neck. I mean really. Why make yourself look stupid by spelling something wrong when you know how it SHOULD be spelled. I have told her countless times how to spell it and she just chooses to spell it her own fucked up way.
bicentennialman
Sep. 27th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
I'm definitely going to use "diffarent" sarcastically.
coldtoast
Sep. 27th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
Oh, Shane, you're just trying to be diffarent.
bicentennialman
Sep. 27th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
That's a totally diffarent use than I was planning.
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