Commonly Misused Words
As an editor, it’s my job to find and correct mistakes in my clients’ manuscripts. Over the years, I’ve noticed there are several words and phrases that many authors get wrong. It’s mostly out of habit. Sometimes, it’s an issue of regional jargon. But, at the end of the day, if you’re writing a book, you must adhere to proper English and grammar. Here is a list of just a few of the most commonly misused words I have noticed throughout my career.
All of the sudden –> All of A sudden (or SUDDENLY)
I should of been there –> I should HAVE been there.
For all intensive purposes –> For all INTENTS AND purposes
I could care less –> I COULDN’T care less
Supposably, she’s a doctor — > SUPPOSEDLY, she’s a doctor
Enamored by –> enamored with (or enamored of)
She honed in on the target –> She homed in on the target
Irregardless –> REGARDLESS
There’s a lot of people here –> There ARE a lot of people here
Chomping at the bit –> CHAMPING at the bit
Waited with baited breath –> waited with BATED breath
It peaked my interest –> it PIQUED my interest
She peaked at him –> she PEEKED at him
He did it on accident –> He did it BY accident
I’m having hunger pains –> I’m having hunger PANGS
I myself am a dancer –> I AM a dancer.
I walked passed the tree –> I walked PAST the tree.
They were unphased by his words –> They were UNFAZED by his words
She has an alterior motive –> She has an ULTERIOR motive
I better go home –> I HAD better go home
He lead the horse to the bard –> He LED the horse to the barn
She ran towards me –> She ran TOWARD me.
I was tired afterwards –> I was tired AFTERWARD
He walked backwards –> He walked BACKWARD
She like him and vica versa –> She likes him and VICE VERSA
In regards to your inquiry –> In REGARD to your inquiry (or REGARDING)
They were all together wrong –> They were ALTOGETHER wrong
The amount of dollars is insane –> The NUMBER of dollars is insane
She is different from us –> She is different THAN us.
Even Word spellchecking was mad at me as I wrote this post!
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Talk soon,Christina Kaye