Common writer mistakes #4

#4 – Common misused words

We type a single word. It’s spelled correctly. Microsoft Word isn’t flagging it either. It sounds right too! But ‘I love that Disney fairy tail‘ doesn’t quite sound right.

It can get more complicated than that.

There are long lists of words that we think we know but we don’t. Or we have a brain fart. We write them down only to realize they were wrong later. It’s something that everyone struggles with. But how do we deal with them?

One way I found is to have a list and go over them one by one while you’re editing. Take a day to search for every usage of those common misused words. You might find that you slipped up a few times. The more you work with them, the more you’re able to tell the difference.

Besides studying the common misused words or having a list of them, I’m not sure how else to find them.

They are so sneaky that even hearing yourself say them out loud wouldn’t help. Most of them sound right!

What are some of those common misused words? Here’s a list of some:

  • Affect vs Effect
  • Allusion vs Illusion
  • Complement vs Compliment
  • Et cetera vs Ex cetera
  • Farther vs Further
  • For all intents and purposes vs For all intensive purposes
  • Lie vs Lay
  • Peal vs Peel
  • Principal vs Principle
  • Supposedly vs Supposably
  • Weak vs Week
  • You and Me vs You and I

For me, I find the ones I struggle with first. Like I know ‘principal’ vs ‘principle’ well, but sometimes I still mess up on ‘affect’ vs ‘effect.’ So, I focus on the lather to improve my grammar.

If you guys want, I can try to see if I can make a super long list of them.

I hope this helps!

DARE TO CONTINUE?
#1 – Using multiple adjectives
#2 – Vagueness for tension
#3 – Repeating words for emphasis
#5 – MISUSING HYPHENS

#6 – UNNECESSARY DETAILS
#7 – NOT DEVELOPING CHARACTERS
#8 – THE WORDS “FELT” AND “FEEL”
#9 – OVERUSING CHARACTER NAMES

22 thoughts on “Common writer mistakes #4

  1. I know what you mean. In my own case, if I am dictating because I am blind, it might decide to write “tale” instead of “tail.” And of course if you are blind you are unable to see that it has done it wrong. There is not always anyone else around to check it for you. Sadly, my own typing is a mess sometimes, because ofbthis.

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    1. I think it happens to everyone. I can’t remember the exact word, but I did the same thing the other day. You’re not alone.

      That’s also why I think editors can be helpful, because they can catch that stuff, at least for the bigger pieces. But I know editors can get expensive after a while too.

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      1. I agree RobinLeeAnn. I wouldn’t bother with editors though as I am not having anything orifessionally published. But it does affect my blog, which is often a mess lol. People have taken me up on it sometimes, but I don’t worry too much as there is not much I can do about it! I think it would be a great idea if you complied a list.

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