Sunday, January 29, 2012

Two Words

I've been seeing these words written together lately and they are not supposed to be. My head is going to explode. Please check yourself. I thought about linking to actual examples, but then I thought I like having friends. (But if you don't cease and desist, I may change my mind about that.)


  • after all not afterall
  • each other not eachother (Seriously, why?)
  • in fact not infact (Don't confuse it with intact.)
  • everyday--Sometimes everyday is incorrect. It depends on what is being modified. If you mean each day write every day (two words). If you mean "the usual" then it's one word. (Every Day with Rachael Ray vs everyday clothes, everyday life, everyday event)
  • Thank you NOT thankyou. I see this a lot on British blogs, but I checked. It's still wrong unless you are talking about thank-you notes. Then it's thank-you in the U.S. and thankyou in Britain. But if you are just straightforwardly thanking someone it's "thank you."

Watch and learn:
Thank you for visiting my blog. It is, in fact, a wonderful way to for us to keep in touch with each other every day (or thereabouts) after all.

18 comments:

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

It's ok, I don't do any of those.
But I do say "abit" instead of "a bit" quite alot.

Slight aside - my son's homework was "words beginning with dis..." and all I could think of was disembowel and disinter. Is that worrying? LOL.

Jules said...

Too funny! And I thought I was the only one with grammar issues when reading blogs, facebook posts, etc. While mine may not be perfect, I try not to destroy the English language.

Mouse said...

whoops ... it could be me ...lol will try and do better as well with punctuation ..lol love mouse xxxxx

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Oh my goodness,it drives you demented too. I thought I was the only one who read suchh things and cringed.
How are you on apostrophes? We have a professor in the UK who says it doesn't matter. How can it not matter?? Is she mad?
Love Irene xxx

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I love it! Especially since these are not ones that I tend to fail.

Lee said...

Thanks! I like this post alot. Alot of people do these things. I read alot of mistakes.

Something tells me there are alot more examples of alot of words put together improperly. Alot.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Great post. I am always mortified when I look back at a post and find a grammatical error. Thank you for the simple reminders!

Karen said...

Love it! I don't think I've committed any of these particular sins lately, although I'm sure I'm guilty of something :-) I had a boss years ago who insisted that we write "can not" instead of "cannot". I think that's like "every day"/"everyday" in that the usage depends on the context.

My own pet peeve is incorrect usage -- their/there, you're/your, it's/its, etc. -- especially in publications that HAVE PROFESSIONAL PROOFREADERS WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, AND YES, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!! And don't even get me started on apostrophes...

Maggie said...

Sometimes i think it might just be a case of people not hitting the space bar and reading back what they have just typed.
But yes, on the whole i'm with you :-)

Nancy said...

You are so correct! And I will admit that I am much more peevish then you are. I get so upset when people can not spell the simple words. Such as the word quite for quiet. Example being: It was a quite day. Instead of, it was a quiet day. If they mean the first one it should read, it was quite a day. I want to correct this one person every time she does it. It is all can do to hold back. Unfortunately, I believe that it is all about the dumbing down of society that the governments and rich people want in order to rule without question.

lewmew said...

The above posters have hit on a lot of my peeves - only made worse by texting that finishes your words for you! Thanks for checking your blog - makes it much nicer for us to read.

Bobbi said...

a lot not alot

Paula said...

My daughter and I belong to the grammar police. Two words that I see misused a lot online.... fine for find and hugh for huge. Huh?
My mom says wreaf for wreath. Drives me nuts. Don't get me started.
Paula

ChrisG said...

You left alright out, which should be all right. I get that alot, I mean, a lot! too fun.

doris said...

I'm a grammar/spelling snob when I'm not making mistakes of my own, and I have many pet peeves. I always thought it was a teacher thing. You tell 'em!

Heather said...

oooooooooo another grammar freak - I only know of 1 other person besides myself.

Your welcome really bugs me (just one example)

Melissa said...

Great post! It's good to have you here! I must say it is even more disconcerting when your child brings home school newsletters with horrible grammatical errors! No wonder the kids have problems...and on and on it goes!

Sherry :o) said...

The biggie for me...

"Where you at?" instead of "Where are you?" - don't see it that often in blogs, but my husband has started saying it lately. I'm not perfect, after all, but bugs the crap out of me!

Glad to see I am not the only one.