Happy Friday! Hope you are well today. 🙂
When it comes to spelling and grammar, I’ve always considered it my thing. It was always my forte at school, I’m often the one others will ask if they’re unsure and it’s usually something I’ve found quite straightforward.
That is, until I started writing seriously. Perhaps it’s because I’m more aware, perhaps it’s because I’m using more words ( 😉 ) or perhaps I feel more scrutiny of the How does she think she can write a book if she put that apostrophe in the wrong place* variety. As a writer, I feel I should know ALL the rules of English grammar, be able to spell and understand ALL the words in the English language and never make a mistake with any of them.
But that’s not really feasible is it? And, providing I make sure work is correct before I submit it anywhere, does it really matter? If there’s a rule or word I’m unsure of I can look it up and then I’ll know. It’s a bit like anything else – you need to learn it. And as we know, the fewer less fewer mistakes you make the less fewer less you learn 😉
However, sometimes you learn, sometimes you know and some words still get you, don’t they? Here’s my top five:
- Cinnamon (I don’t get it wrong, I just need an extra think.)
- Broccoli (C and L confusion. So much C and L confusion.)
- Gauge (It’s the positioning of the A and the U. Particularly embarrassing because it’s such a short word.)
- Humorous (Always tempted to go for an extra U.)
- Chocolate (No, I don’t know what my problem is with this one. This is the most embarrassing one yet because no one gets it wrong. Even babies can spell it.)
I’d love to know which words or language rules have you stumped. Come on, be brave and let me know either here or on twitter!
Let’s doo thiss thang.
*itll ne’ver happen