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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 2


It looks cheesy to spell "hundreds" as "100's"; and it isn't really
logical because "100" doesn't mean "hundred"--it means specifically "one


You brake to slow down; if your brakes fail and you drive through a
plate-glass window, you will break it.


You can copyright writing, but you can also copyright a photograph or
song. The word has to do with securing rights. Thus, there is no such
word as "copywritten"; it's "copyrighted."


A common typo that won't be caught by your spelling checker is swapping
"dairy" and "diary." Butter and cream are dairy products; your journal
is your diary.


These are alternative spellings of the same word. "Enquire" is perhaps
slightly more common in the UK, but either is acceptable in the US


UK writers most often use the two-word phrase "for ever," whereas
Americans strongly prefer the one-word form "forever." Each nationality
is liable to think the other is making a mistake.


Too bad the Elizabethan "guard" won out over the earlier, French-derived
spelling "garde"; but the word was never spelled "gaurd." The standard
spelling is related to Italian and Spanish "guarda," pronounced


If you find yourself writing sentences like "I know I left my wallet
hear!" you should note that "hear" has the word "ear" buried in it and
let that remind you that it refers only to hearing and is always a verb
(except when you are giving the British cheer "Hear! Hear!" ). "I left
my wallet here" is the correct expression. "Here" is where you are,
never something you do.


Just in case you haven't figured this out already: the expression "in
case" is two words, not one. There is a brand of equipment covers sold
under the InCase brand, but that's a very different matter, to be used
only when you need something in which to encase your iPad.


In Great Britain and many of its former colonies, "judgement" is still
the correct spelling, but ever since Noah Webster decreed the first E
superfluous, Americans have omitted it. Many of Webster's crotchets have
faded away (each year fewer people use the spelling "theater," for
instance); but even the producers of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" chose
the traditional American spelling. If you write "judgement" you should
also write "colour."

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