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8 Spelling Mistakes Even Smart People Make

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8 Spelling Mistakes Even Smart People Make

By Desktop Diva via DivineCaroline

English is a screwy language. There’s just no logic to it. Why is daughter pronounced daw-ter, but laughter not law-ter? How can though, through, and tough look so similar and yet sound so different? Why does I come before E except after C? What’s so effing SPECIAL about C?

This is the reason that people who speak more sensible languages approach English with stumbling trepidation. English is insane. It has the capacity to confuse even the smartest of its native speakers—including scientists, engineers, and company presidents—especially when it has to be put down on paper.

This I know from experience. As a copywriter, a large part of my job is to translate pages upon pages of “writing written by non-writers” into copy that is short, persuasive, easy-to-read, and yes—perfectly spelt and grammatically (or at least colloquially) correct.

Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen.

For the most part, each person is unique in terms of writing disability (myself included). But there are some crimes of confusion—particularly when it comes to spelling—that I come across on an almost daily basis. And like overstaying guests, they’ve begun to grate on my nerves, becoming more and more unforgivable with each unwelcome appearance. Such as:

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12:23PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

For me, it's the to and too. Also, punctuation! Thank god for spell check and Ginger software.

2:50AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Noted

6:32PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

English is my third language and I don't make any of those mistakes. Does that mean I'm a genius? LOL But seriously, if "smart" people make such mistakes, then they're not smart.

5:03PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

The writer of this article can not even distinguish between spelling mistakes and mistakes in punctuation, such as how to correctly place apostrophes. Talk about the blind leading the blind!

5:27AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

English is my second language and one of many reasons of its being international is its simplicity compared to other languages. I've heard a lot about awful spelling of native speakers.
Indeed, the spelling is very specific but not illogical if you know the history of the English language.
There're lots of reading and spelling rules which help you read and write correctly and easily.
Besides,in order to master the
English spelling there must be connection between the sound and the letter in the mind what isn't taught to native speakers.
There are different
approaches to teaching reading and writing in English. English learners and native speakers are taught in a different way.
Then, every language logical like life itself and both follow the same laws.

10:24PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

good points

5:31AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

I guess that is the benefit of having a European language first, these mistakes do not occur to me as I see the words as very separate since I learned their definitions.

To me the harder thing in English is inconsistency of spelling (ghoti = fish).

8:46AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Great posting.

1:26AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thank you :)

2:25PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

...it's like someone is dragging their fingernails across a blackboard.

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