9 awkward mistakes your spellchecker will miss
Your spellchecker cannot always save you.
After all, one of the gimmicks of the English language is the fact that you can switch two or three letters around and end up with a different word. Say you’re trying to type the word being and you muddle a few letters: benig may not be a word, but begin and bring are, not to mention benign, and your spellchecker, depending on the context, may not catch those errors.
The confusion between being, bring, and begin, though, doesn’t necessarily end in awkwardness. The same goes for commonly confused words like affect/effect and compliment/complement. So what word confusions missed by your spellchecker might cause your reader to snicker?
Not opposites exactly, but these two probably don’t see eye to eye. Plus, a socialite party means something quite different from a socialist party.
2. definitely / defiantly
Confuse these two words, and you’ll be exchanging surety for steadfastness. Even though you are definitely still interested in that job, you may not feel quite defiant about it.
As fond as everyone is of the aphorism ‘all’s fair in love and war’, it’s probably not a good idea to confuse marriage and warfare. Even if your marital dispute has martial overtones, the distinction is still pretty important.
A long, winding road may be both of these things, but your friend’s confusing postcard from Magaluf was probably not torturous, or ‘full of pain and suffering’.
It’s probably a good idea to not to refer to your friend as a ‘drainage system’ even if you are a firm believer: make sure that the ‘c’ (or the ‘k’ in US English) doesn’t escape your fingers
If you’re implying a direct connection – causal – between two things, you’re probably not trying to hint at the ‘casual’ or ‘relaxed’ nature of the connection.
A slice of cherry pie just isn’t the same as the Sahara. The confusion between the single ‘s’ and double ‘s’ only gets worse when the phrase just deserts enters the picture. When it comes to just deserts, you can think about people getting what they deserve (single ‘s’).
Although context might tell your reader that you’re referring to Lizzie Bennett, you’ll spare some laughter at your expense by avoiding the pitfalls of ‘I love this heroin above all others!’
The awkwardness of mentioning a pubic as opposed to a public space cannot be emphasized enough.