Image courtesy of Tamara Stokes
Holy geometry! I never knew that making numbers was illegal. All joking aside, “math” was the accidental stand-in for “meth.” Oops.
It’s not a newsflash that one little letter makes a big difference. I’ve covered this spelling incidental before, but let’s review it for those of you who are new to my blog.
- From/Form. One word is a preposition, the other is a shape or document we fill out.
- Love/Live. The middle vowels live next to each other on the keyboard, so we are basically set up.
- Not/Nit. One word is negation, the other is the term for baby lice!
These spelling plagues stick around because spell-check doesn’t recognize them. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the tool could be programmed to check context, too, and catch the mistakes? Until that day comes, we must double-check our work and let someone else give it the good onceover, too.
Another word nerd source I’d like to share with you, a mega online bookstore: http://www.authoropolis.com/
Happy reading and writing, my friends!
Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Bubble Bath Twelve, Hazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.
Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for the real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.