Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Back on the Blog Chain: Spelling/Grammar Pet Peeves

For December's round of the Blog Chain, Demitria asked us the following question:

What are your writing/grammar/spelling pet peeves? What are some writing/grammar/spelling mistakes that you have a mental block about or can't seem to shake?

Given that I used to be a copyeditor for a small town newspaper, I can be obsessive about spelling and grammar. If I have a pet peeve, it would be using a homonym of the word that the writer really wants. One common error I see online frequently is using "phase" for "faze." I remember one book in which the heroine used a "bo" instead of a "bow." Mistakes like that illustrate why it's important to have a person copyedit a story instead of relying on spellcheck.

As for my own mistakes, I would say my biggest problem would be spelling mistakes as I type, but I can't think of specific examples right now.

What are your pet peeves when it comes to grammar or spelling? Please list them below, or feel free to write your own blog post about them and link to it in the comments.

3 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bo for bow? Haven't seen that one yet.
Ones like your and you're or their and there bug me.

Rusty Webb said...

I tend not to have too many pet peeves. I have enough of my own problems to deal with to worry much about what other folks are struggling with. I guess if I've paid significant money for a book, I do expect typos and copy editing mistakes I'm a bit disappointed.

Anyway, what problems do I have with my own writing. All the homophones for sure... You're/your. There/their/they're. To/too (and sometimes two). But I've also done toe/tow recently.

Most embarrassingly, I did mix up homophone and homophobe recently. It was humiliating.

Sandra Almazan said...

All of those examples are easy mistakes to make.

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