Fewer things take the polish off of your writing than spelling mistakes. If you do any amount of writing, having access to a good dictionary and thesaurus is essential. And with the resources available on the Internet these days, you already do.
In a post on the well-known website ProBlogger, Maeve Maddox, the editor of DailyWritingTips.com, lists 10 common spelling mistakes that haunt writer. The mistakes come from her book, 100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid.
In my experience, they also haunt public speaker whose slides are frequently riddled with them. I have seen all of them in various PowerPoint presentations over the years.
10 common spelling mistakes
Here are the 10 spelling mistakes that Maddox lists:
1. accept / except
INCORRECT: Please except this gift.
CORRECT: Please accept this gift.
2. advice / advise
INCORRECT: He refused to take my advise.
CORRECT: He refused to take my advice.
3. all right / alright
INCORRECT: He’s alright after his fall.
CORRECT: He’s all right after his fall.
4. effect / affect
INCORRECT: His death really effected me.
CORRECT: His death really affected me.
5. every day / everyday
INCORRECT: Dan walks the dog everyday at six p.m.
CORRECT: Dan walks the dog every day at six p.m.
6. its / it’s
INCORRECT: Put the saw back in it’s place.
CORRECT: Put the saw back in its place.
7. passed / past
INCORRECT: The car past the train.
CORRECT: The car passed the train.
8. quiet / quite
INCORRECT: We spent a quite evening reading.
CORRECT: We spent a quiet evening reading.
9. then / than
INCORRECT: I have more eggs then you.
CORRECT: I have more eggs than you.
10. who’s / whose
INCORRECT: I don’t know who’s dog you’re talking about.
CORRECT: I don’t know whose dog you’re talking about.
For the rule behind each pair of words above, please see the post on ProBlogger.
This post fits nicely with my series about grammar. (In fact, I have previously written about two of the mistakes in his list.) So please be sure to avoid these spelling mistakes on your slides:
And,if you have a blog or are interested in starting one, you should definitely spend some time over at ProBlogger.com. It is one of the leading sites on blogging and is written by Darren Rowse of Melbourne, Australia.