No one is perfect.
At one point or another we’ve all made mistakes. Below are a few things I’ve probably spelled wrong or misused in my haste to extricate my novels from my head.
I’ve messed this first one up a few times. Stupid spell check won’t catch it. Had to wait until my kindle read it back to me to hear the error of my ways.
- Vicious: She’s spreading vicious lies about you.
- Viscous: Viscous oil doesn’t drain well from my car.
- Underway: This is a nautical term for a ship that is not tethered to anything.
- Under way: meaning in motion. The project, which had been underway for a few months, was anticipated to end soon.
- Waive: Like an idiot, he waived his right to a jury trial.
- Wave: She waved her hand good-bye.
- Troop: A group of people, animals or things. A troop of girls scouts hounded me for hours to buy their cookies.
- Troupe: This is a cast of touring performers. The dance troupe was horrible and I was amazed anyone came to see them.
- Throes: They were lost in the throes of passion.
- Throws: Donald throws the ball at Goofy with malice.
- There’re! Ok, when I saw this, maybe my education was REALLY bad, but I don’t think I’ve ever used this variation of there. But apparently you can contract here are. There’re two reasons why I should kill you right now.
- Tact: It’s a sensitivity to what is appropriate when dealing with others. She fired him with tact.
- Tack: Another nautical term meaning a course. The best tact was to wait until sundown to kill him. It’s also like a thumb tack.
- T-Shirt: Seems you’re always supposed to spell it out this way “T-Shirt” with a capital T because when lain flat it looks like a capital T.
- Stationary: When she broke his heart, he stood stationary.
- Stationery: Staple sells stationery for writing letters to your mother.
Have any of these ever messed you up?
Jennifer Geoghan, author of The Purity of Blood novel series and If Love is a Lie: A Partly True Love Story.
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