Ooh, embarrassing typos

Ooh, embarrassing typos

Embarrassing typos, funny mis-spellings and bad grammar – in pictures. I have to give credit to The Guardian newspaper for some of these (a newspaper well known for its own typos) – and a huge thanks to Google where you can find numerous examples of silly, and sometimes dangerous, typos! There are some great examples out there and always will be. At least, that is, until more people...

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More grammar please, not less!

More grammar please, not less!

It’s my biggest bugbear – the constant mix-up of ‘less’ and ‘fewer’. The two are NOT interchangeable! It’s very easy. If you can count things individually, then it’s ‘fewer’. If you can’t, it’s ‘less’. So you’d say ‘less water’, ‘less flour’, ‘less liquid’ because these...

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The greengrocer’s apostrophe

The greengrocer’s apostrophe

We’ve all seen them – the apostrophes that make no sense, the ones used to denote the plural, such as ladie’s, potatoe’sĀ and apple’s. This dreadful (and quite possibly fatal) affliction has been dubbed the greengrocer’s apostrophe. (Or should that be greengrocers’….?) In 2000, Matthew Engel said in The Guardian, “I demand an end to the...

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Use ‘utilise’ properly

‘Utilise’ and ‘use’ are not interchangeable Many people like to use the word utilise instead of use. But actually, their meanings are different. ‘Utilise’ means to use an object for something other than its intended purpose. So: ‘Please use the form on the website to register for the seminar.’ This is the form’s intended use – so use...

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