What I found was that many of those lists are full of words that compilers lift from documents. Their misspellings may be the result of typos. I’m not excusing typos, but there’s a difference between typos that come from fast, sloppy typing and not knowing how to spell and use a word correctly.
Howstuffworks.com had the list that kept my head nodding as I looked through the entries. So many of them make me stop and think before I commit them to a page.
Here are 48 words, and I bet that at least one of them is your nemesis. Mine is liaison.
I’ve even included a dashed line to encourage you to print, cut out, and keep the list taped to your computer, folded in your notebook, underneath a refrigerator magnet — whatever works! Let’s master these words.
Note: Though a lot isn’t a word, many people feel obligated to make it one.
There! Now you have no excuse.
Coming up will be posts that help with its/it’s, principle/principal, and other tricky words we writers should not fail to use correctly.
Which of these trip you up the most?