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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 8


EVER SO OFTEN/EVERY SO OFTEN
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In UK English people sometimes speak of something that happens
frequently as happening "ever so often."
But when something happens only occasionally, it happens "every" so
often.

FIRSTABLE/FIRST OF ALL

The odd word "firstable" seems to be based on a mishearing of the
expression "first of all."

GET ME/GET MYSELF

"I gotta get me a new carburetor," says Joe-Bob. Translated into
standard English, this would be "I have to get myself a new carburetor."
Even better: leave out the "myself."

HAND AND HAND/HAND IN HAND

"Poverty goes hand in hand with malnutrition." The image here is of the
two subjects holding hands, one hand in the other. The phrase is very
frequently misspelled "hand and hand," which does not convey the same
sort of intimate connection.

ICE TEA/ICED TEA

Iced tea is not literally made of ice, it simply is ÒicedÓ: has ice put
into it.

JUST ASSUME/JUST AS SOON

People sometimes write, "I'd just assume stay home and watch TV." The
expression is "just as soon."

KNOTS PER HOUR/KNOTS

A knot equals one nautical mile per hour, so it makes no sense to speak
of "knots per hour." Leave off "per hour" when reporting the speed of a
vessel in knots.

LARGE/IMPORTANT

In colloquial speech it's perfectly normal to refer to something as a
"big problem," but when people create analogous expressions in writing,
the result is awkward. Don't write "this is a large issue for our firm"
when what you mean is "this is an important issue for our firm." Size
and intensity are not synonymous.

MANTLE/MANTEL

Though they stem from the same word, a "mantle" today is usually a
cloak, while the shelf over a fireplace is most often spelled "mantel."

NOTATE/NOTE

To notate a text is to write annotations about it. This technical term
should not be used as a synonym for the simple verb "note." It is both
pretentious and incorrect to write "notate the time you arrived in your
log."

Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 8 Reviewed by Nancy Tamil on 7:00:00 PM Rating: 5

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