8 Spelling Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Submitted by: wolf08 8 years ago in Misc
http://www.divinecaroline.com/22276/83052-eight-spelling-mistakes-smart-make

How many of these common grammar mistakes do you make?
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Female 53
i make those mistakes almost every single day, but i blame the internet
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Female 158
I`m shocked "teh" and "the" weren`t on here
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Male 575
Yeah I`m glad I went to elementary school ...
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Female 10
These are stupid mistakes.. I`ve never even heard of people using "ahold."
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Female 184
So, on the basic assumption that I have NEVER made any of those mistakes (at least not once I`d actually left school) does that make me smarter than the average smart person? ;-)
I do admit to making some fundamental spelling errors, but they tend to be for polysyllabic words like "unnecessarily" (and "polysyllabic" for that matter!) and let`s face it, those are hard words to spell on a chalkboard in front of a room full of students.
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Female 24
wow. im glad i paid attention in school!
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Female 182
Wow that "ahold" one was new for me...never seen anyone use it.
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Male 416
...If you didn`t know most of that (the first page at least), you need to consider going back to gradeschool
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Male 15,832
"...even the last item before the "and" gets a comma."

The Chicago Manual of Style calls for a final comma, e.g., "a, b, and c." However, the Associated Press Stylebook does not, e.g., "a, b and c."

I prefer to use the final comma because 1) I don`t write for a newspaper, and 2) it makes the sentence more clear, especially when there are compound elements in the list, e.g., "profit and loss," or "shipping and receiving." The AP form, though, is technically correct.

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Male 2,703
I just thought of one that a lot of smart people actually DO get incorrect, that is affect and effect simply because they have such similar meanings, pronunciations, and spellings.

another grammatical error is the lack of commas in lists. in a list, even the last item before the "and" gets a comma.

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Male 36
"Journalism major here. Never made those mistakes, because I`d be in big time trouble if I did!

Also did anyone else find it funny that they spelled baloney wrong? It`s bologna."

well Mr "Journalism Major" maybe you should realise the difference between slang terms and food. (if you do not agree check the wiki page redirect from balogna)

btw I read the comments also.

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Male 29
KannaLilly:"Yeah... Have to agree wtih the masses. Really stupid mistakes. When I was first really getting in to writing, as a preeteen, my mum pointed them out for me, and within a week they were gone. I`ve never met a teenager or adult who makes those mistakes. "

Then you havn`t seen many teens or adults writing things by hand. Start reading them, and make sure you look for the errors. You may find yourself a little surprised when you start meeting new people.

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Female 3,696
I think the only one on here I`ve really done is ahold ...it just seems like it would be a good word! But no, I have definitely remedied that.
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Female 103
I am guilty of none of these. In fact, these are all things that drive me completely bonkers when I see other people do them. The only one I was guilty of at all, past the age of about 8, was using "alot" instead of "a lot." But I saw the error in my ways.
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Female 33
Agreed, LestatR13. :/
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Female 635
Yeah... Have to agree wtih the masses. Really stupid mistakes. When I was first really getting in to writing, as a preeteen, my mum pointed them out for me, and within a week they were gone. I`ve never met a teenager or adult who makes those mistakes.
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Male 838
Yeah, I thought I was going to be guilty of at least one of these. I`m not. This is 3rd grade crap.
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Male 31
This article reeks of someone being arrogant about their awesome spelling skills.
"Its nothing to loose sleep over" "not to bad" "are alot of people" "irregardless of what you may think" "get ahold of you’reself," O AH SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE >:|
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Male 221
Journalism major here. Never made those mistakes, because I`d be in big time trouble if I did!

Also did anyone else find it funny that they spelled baloney wrong? It`s bologna.

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Female 427
Just because you`re smart doesn`t mean that you don`t make spelling mistakes every once in a while. Most people do, especially if English in generally is not their strong point. I know several mathematical wiz-kids who are incredibly slow when it comes to grammar, not that they care.
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Female 54
If you make these mistakes, you`re not smart. You`re a dumbass.
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Male 139
Actually, in all seriousness, making these mistakes precludes one being "smart." To put it another way, only DUMBASSES make these mistakes. "Your" and "you`re?" That`s elementary-school stuff, right there.
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Male 571
Somehow I doubt that smart people make these mistakes. Generally, a person is smart because they paid attention in school, and if you did that, you`d at least know basic grammar.
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Male 1,598
Well, I always thought that "ahold" was one word. But I never even use it, so who cares?
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Male 75
i dont make these mistakes. i actually pay attention in school.
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Male 5
@Jazzeh Irregardless isn`t even a real word. It is just being redundant.
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Male 373
im in agreement with DIETY
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Male 196
I make 0% of these mistakes, and I`m not even smart >.>

GF America, I`m leaving.

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Female 12
The only one of those mistakes I ever make is "its" and "it`s". Never can remember that. Apostrophes show possesion and they`re in contractions... Stupid exceptions.
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Female 204
the only one i am guilty of is "alot", but word fixes it for me anyway.
i lose faith in my generation when i see my friends make the other mistakes
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Female 464
Irregardlass uv dis article I dun think it pointed out any of this errors that I make, I`m to smart fur dat.
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Male 78
I make absolutely 0 of these mistakes. I do not think that these are the mistakes "even smart people make." These are the mistakes of the lazy and ignorant. I`m not a perfect speller all the time, and my grammar might be questionable every now and then, but I don`t have these problems.
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Female 1,427
"... I don`t know many smart people who make mistakes like that."

Agreed.

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Male 3,915
i do alot and its it`s....but not anymore i guess...i always thought that it`s was possessive....i guess my teachers taught me wrong...
[that`s right...fall back on blaming the teachers]
damn public schooling system!
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Male 5,094
I do alot alot, but none of the others.
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Female 231
... I don`t know many smart people who make mistakes like that.
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Female 931
I actually dont fall for any of them.
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Male 13,630
readme08 is right, you do not have to be a wizard of the English language to be deemed an Intelligent person, I know many succesful people whos English is full of mistakes, but if you understand it, and it makes sense, then its working
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Male 5
@readme08 I agree.
Smarts and language skills = two totally different things. Pointing out spelling mistakes and such makes you superior in no way whatsoever.
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Male 3,619
lol, lots of englenders fail at these
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Male 9,305
Please bookmark for future reference. :)
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Male 29
They can`t be THAT smart if they make any of those mistakes.
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Male 748
I never make those mistakes. IkeRay has got it completely right. If you just concentrate you can avoid these mistakes.
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Male 80
IkeRay... I wish I could have said that better. Haha.
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Male 7
"It`s not that most of us don`t know, it`s just that WE DON`T GIVE A CRAP!"

That`s fine, but it doesn`t change the fact that you look like a retard when you misspell words you learned in elementary school. Like I always like to say...I`m not a grammar nazi, I`m a basic second grade spelling nazi.

>_>

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Male 2,703
actually, SMART people don`t get these words wrong, it`s the people who THINK they`re smart that do.

btw, this is junior high maybe freshman year english maybe even some elemenary; many people need to go over these rules in college as well which shows how much people pay attention in high school.

might as well throw in which and witch or blue and blew...

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Male 1,106
Blah, blah, blah, everyone sucks at spelling so we must be dumb. Even though I know all these rules, and try my best to follow them, sometimes we just type too fast to pay attention. It`s not that most of us don`t know, it`s just that WE DON`T GIVE A CRAP!
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Male 4,290
Those aren`t mistakes smart people make, those are just mistakes idiots make.
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Female 767
very simple and common sence.
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I just giggled.

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Female 767
Nope I don`t make `em either.
Plus, grammar and spelling are two different things. There are many worse mistakes than the ones here.
My mother tends to say "supposably." That drives me nuts. How about people misplacing punctuation? That`s crazy, too. Contractions? A lot of people mess them up.

We need a better list.

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Female 778
huck08, i think you`re being too generous. high school? really?
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Male 426
Lose/Loose drives me nuts too. I think most of the words on her list happen as typos when you`re typing too quickly.
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Male 37
@npdarren
Grammar and finding ways to explain things are two totally different concepts. Making a moderate amount of grammar mistakes does not destroy the concept of what you are writing/talking about. A absolute massive amount does. For example: my professor passes out study guides. He had several grammar errors exactly like the ones listed in the website. I can understand it clearly. To put it in a nutshell, it is more about what you write and the ideas on what you are writing on rather than the syntax of the writing. Unless in rare cases, that person makes errors that distract the audience away from the ideas presented.
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Male 439
if you can be afraid can you also be ascared?
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Male 4,593
One common mistake I notice is that people use the word "less" when they mean "fewer".
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Male 2,125
I don`t make any of these mistakes. :D

*quietly celebrates* =3

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Male 4,745
These are certainly not mistakes made by smart people. These are all very simple and easy to remember rules.

My spelling is terrible... Thankfully I have spell check.

As for grammar and the proper usage of possessive vs. contracted apostrophes, come on guys, it really isn`t that hard.

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Male 721
ive never seen smart people make these mistakes. its very simple and common sence.
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Male 1,003
Can`t be too smart if you make those kind of mistakes...
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Male 426
i don`t think many people - smart or not - have much of a problem with these things after high school
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Male 601
I don`t understand why people make these errors--stupidity? Laziness? I have not made any of those mistakes since elementary school...

@readme08, strength of language actually does indicate intelligence to a large extent. You may have some of the most revolutionary ideas, but if you can not explain them properly, you might as well never have had them. Also, even if you are strong in math, you will still need to know how to write properly for practical application. There are not very many career fields in which you won`t have to write.

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Male 506
Nope, I`ve never made a mistake with those.
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Male 37
I really hate grammar nazis, like 95% of you people. Grammar isn`t an accurate measure of one`s intelligent. There are other more important factors. Instead of saying, "omg it is you`re not your", you can point out the fallacies of the poster`s logic towards the content and not his grammar. I know you all do it to make yourself sound like you are smarter. I bet you see a grammar mistake in someone else post you are implicitly saying, "dumb***, I bet I have a higher IQ than him". You probably don`t because you have no idea what that person is doing. He may be in a rush or simply careless. Those who do claim that they NEVER make that mistake is dead lying and trying show off their intelligence. We would be much more impress on how smart you are by pointing out a persons` logical mistakes. I of average intelligence, I make low marks in English and high marks in Maths. Some people have their weakness. You have yours. Some peoples` weakness is langauge. No reason to expl
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Female 126
Jesus, if anyone makes these mistakes and calls themselves "smart", then the world is heading to a sorry place...
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Male 792
Which smart people make those mistakes? I`ve only made those mistakes when I`m typing too fast.
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Female 691
I stopped making those mistakes in year 6. Only time I type a lot wrong is when theres something stuck under my space bar.
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Female 245
I never make these mistakes, and English isn`t even my first language. >_>
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Male 15
thx. Its very nice of you too help me learn these words. Their always bothering me alot, irregardless of whether i get ahold of a grammer book. I`ll write this down and try not to loose it.
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Male 61
Oh please.

If you are over the age of 13, you should not be making these mistakes.

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Male 723
Yes, but look at any comment section on the net and you`ll find ALOT (hee hee) of them.

LJ

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Male 422
Why would you make those mistakes? Those aren`t hard words or anything, it`s easy...
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Female 36
Seriously.. I`m a French Canadian and I don`t make these mistakes.
I don`t know who "smart" people are, but I don`t think they`re that freakin` smart if they make spelling mistakes like that.
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Male 959
Smart people make? Those are retard errors
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Male 271
@ PianoMan21

possess

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Male 298
more irritating spam below
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Male 315
Having been told I am a smart person, and never having made these elementary school mistakes in spelling, I find this article useless to me, yet invaluable to a majority of the English speaking population. That fact, coupled with the notion that one must be smart to posses proper spelling and grammar is rather depressing.
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Female 535
Even smart people make these mistakes?
Smart compared to what - a desk chair?
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Male 1,190
This is what eight years of an illiterate moron pretending to be president do to a language!
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Male 1,190
I am smart and never make these mistakes.
IF you make these mistakes go find a junior high school, where I am sure they have a remedial class for the 8th graders who did not learn this in 4th and 5th grade!
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Female 465
PaintedNinja, the "word" irregardless is a double negative, and therefore will never be accepted by scholars of the English language as a real word. And even if it is, it won`t mean the same thing as "regardless". It doesn`t matter whether a language is dead or alive; there are some rules which just won`t change, and for good reasons!
And I`m with all the people who`ve already said that this article was mistitled. No one with a basic education from an English speaking country should be making these mistakes. It should really be "8 Spelling Mistakes Internet Trolls Can`t Help Making".
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Male 2,552
>NotAllowed
To be fair, I do not live in an English-speaking country. I`m off the hook!
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Male 8,300
> manorrd
> Congrats to IAB for posting a grammar entry! It`s nice to be reminded of the basics now and again!

I believe you meant to say "...the basics now and then!"

Still congratulating us? :-P

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Male 2,372
Congrats to IAB for posting a grammar entry! It`s nice to be reminded of the basics now and again!
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Male 298
it says "smart people make", rubbish, if you`re smart you don`t make these mistakes, the reality should be, "8 spelling mistakes people who think they`re smart make, which reveal that they`re not..."
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Male 2,422
This article should have been called "8 Spelling Mistakes Even Semi-literate People Make".
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Male 239
None
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Male 2,552
Iz is happi. The only one I am guilty of of there eight is "its"/"it`s".
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Male 96
well since English isn`t a dead language IRREGARDLESS is more than likely a "real word". ahold? really?
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Female 525
no. those are definitely not mistakes smart people make. i think that if you`re over the age of 12, and still make these mistakes (and live in an English speaking country) you did not earn the right to live and should be humanely euthanized.
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Male 13,630
k10josumm - Ha, nice one there
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Male 2,034
I don`t think I`ve made any of these mistakes since grade school.
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Male 1,226
I`ve actually seen a pretty good list on cracked with words that are frequently misused. however, the mistakes on this list are just stupid...either you`re not paying attention when writing or you`re just a stupid motherdrater, but smart people don`t make these mistakes.
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Female 525
no. those are definitely not mistakes smart people make. i think that if you`re over the age of 12, and still make these mistakes (and live in an English speaking country) you did not earn the right to live and should be humanely euthanized.
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Male 431
ummm... irregardless of you`re accusations i prefer to believe its not teenagers who make this mistake but alot of the time there parents. i mean srsly anyone dumb enough too make these mistakes needs to get ahold of an english book.
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Male 612
People are really this stupid?
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Male 21
Smart people don`t make these mistakes. Idiots do.
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Male 1,218
OldOllie, I agree totally. Pretty pathetic when you can`t speak/write YOUR own native language correctly. See how I used that kids?
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Female 253
Got it, done and dusted. I`ve gotten to the point where I can`t care if someone is using words incorrectly - unless I think they`re a douche and then I`ll snicker - as it`s a reflection on them. Nothing to do with me.
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Male 15,832
Actually, I don`t know any smart people who make these mistakes. In fact, they`re pretty good indicators that the writer isn`t smart at all.

Perhaps this post should be renamed "Eight spelling mistakes that will make you look like an uneducated fool."

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Male 1,381
i`m sorry, but anyone with that level of ignorance is either:

(1) a teenager who uses terminologies such as "u" for the word "you"

(2) ...

well if i come up with some other possible explanation i`ll let you know.

ignorance blows XD

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Male 36
lol at every1 taking care with grammar.

There are so many talking marks and commas in this comment section my brain xD

seriously look at all the people bothering here to finsih with a full stop compared to other comment sections

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Male 10
Disappointing article, I was expecting mistakes that are actually tricky. Is it a sign that spelling standards have gotten way down?
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Female 3
Thaaaaaaank youuuuuuu!!!!!!!! I hate it when morons make these mistakes. Jesus, this stuff is from first grade!
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Female 236
"Really? "Smart people" don`t know the difference between your and you are? It is and its? Loose and lose? I thought only five year olds mixed those up."

Wow! Your kid must be a genius! My 5 year old is learning her letters and how to spell her name and your kid is already dabbling in grammar?!

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Female 15,763
Find someone who can nail down to a T what irony is (all forms), and there is your smart person.
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Male 769
people who make those grammatical mistakes should be disemboweled...
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Male 2
Mistakes that even smart people make? Smart people don`t make those mistakes... The first four are inexcusable... if you don`t know those, well... you`re not smart. The last four I can kind of see, but really, you should know the differences between those words.

One that is not on the list I see a lot:
then and than

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Female 1,398
Really? "Smart people" don`t know the difference between your and you are? It is and its? Loose and lose? I thought only five year olds mixed those up.
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Male 1,193
ya affect and effect confuse me at times as well
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Male 1,193
I don`t make any of those mistakes. My only problem is using well instead of will
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Male 220
No, if you make these mistakes, you are not smart...
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Male 4,546
Addendum before people complain:
Even "Hers" isn`t a "Her`s", but I`ve seen it.
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Male 36
I`m a licensed Grammar Nazi, the only words I have trouble with are Accept/Except and Affect/Effect.
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Male 4,546
I like "alot", so I use it.
I know it`s not a real word though.
I may use irregardless... I really don`t know.

Also "it`s" doesn`t represent possession.

If it helps, think of it any of these ways:
1) Its is its own word. It`s its own word. It`s not it is, it`s its.

2) It`s is only used when it could be replaced with "it is". If the sentence stops making sense if you replace it with it is, it should be its.

Example: "That`s it`s mommy" is wrong because you can`t say "That`s it is mommy".

3) He, She, It. His, her its.
Its is a word on its own like his or her.
"His bike" "Her bike" "Its bike".
Not "Hi`s bike" "Her`s bike" or "It`s bike".

Also, I still screw it up occasionally.... okay alot. ;)

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Female 519
Who the hell really says `irregardless`?
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Male 30
These are basic errors that most educated people should not make. Sadly, many humans let their will to speak or type quickly get in the way of their will to sound even faintly intelligent. Go figure.
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Male 679
Actually, I think these are mistakes only stupid people make. I don`t know anyone who makes these kinds of mistakes...
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Male 13
Well I must be a genius if smart people screw these up. Now affect/effect... that is something smart people mess up.
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Male 602
What? I`m sure people make these mistakes, especially if they don`t care too much, but who didn`t already know about this? Isn`t this common knowledge?
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Male 3,755
If anything, those are just careless mistakes. If you don`t know them, it`s time to go back to junior high.
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Male 50
I can say I am guilty of the a lot one but I have definitely gotten better at... What I have noticed on the internet though is that the word definitely is very often misspelled, I guess that`s not a grammar mistake, but it is a very common misspelling.
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Male 976
I`m sorry but you would have to be blind crazy to not know about these. Smart people almost NEVER get these wrong with the exception of "irregardless". I was thinking more along the lines of "accept/except" or "further/farther".
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Male 779
That`s represents possession? I thought it represents a combination of the words That and Is. Like, that is yellow. That`s yellow. The object doesn`t own yellow.

I give up. My kids are screwed.

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Male 779
I`ve just lost hope on humanity. Again.
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Male 799
its and it`s are the only ones i always mess up. being that `s usually represents possession, so it`s should really be belonging to it.
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Male 1,051
This is pathetic, as long as the point gets across you don`t have to be an English whiz.
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Male 431
Wouldn`t it be
`You`re late` not `Your late`?
in this article it says `Your late`.
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Male 64
How smart are these people that they make these mistakes?
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Female 778
i don`t make any of those mistakes, i learned those things in elementary school.
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Female 1,120
I misspell all the time.
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Male 1,918
I don`t make any of those mistakes
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Male 8,300
> davymid
> I must bring up "I could care less". It`s "couldn`t care less". COULDN`T, FFS!

A-frikken-men bro! It`s not hard to work out people. "I have a small penis" "How small is it?" "It is so small, it COULDN`T be any smaller". "Wow, that`s the smallest possible size!"

When you say "I COULD care less", you`re saying that you have SOME interest in that thing, that your interest level is NOT zero. Just THINK.

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Male 670
No self respecting individual would ever misspell any of those words... except "irregardless," which nobody cares about.
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Female 673
"My biggest pet peeve isn`t a spelling mistake, it`s a pronounciation mistake. Wash pronounced worsh. "I`m gonna go worsh my clothes at the Worshington Street Laundrymat." I absolutely hate it!"

That`s called having a different accent.

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Male 987
nope.... none.
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Female 540
I absolutely hate seeing those mistakes, but I really don`t think they`re as common as they seem. The only thing I can never remember is "lay, lie" thing. I hate when people mix up then & than. Grammar is such a pet peeve of mine.
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Male 736
even smart people make? are you kidding me? those are grade 4 level words, maybe grade 5. crikey.
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Female 675
Nope.. I don`t do any of that.
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Female 308
I only do a couple due to laziness on MSN or brain farts, but the only mistake I`d make when writing a paper would be #8.
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Female 587
love how the author uses all the incorrect spellings in the last sentence
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Male 670
wow, apparently the entire internet population is actually smart, they just `make mistakes`
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Male 56
Maybe smart isn`t the correct word for the title... I use those words correctly in a sentence quite easily. Then again, I may be considered a grammer Nazi. XD

Peace and love

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Female 1,593
I`m guilty of using the synonyms when extremely tired or on my pain meds.
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Female 583
Yeah, I make none of those mistakes. The only things I really struggle with is then/than and affect/effect.
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Female 1,604
I am not the best speller but even I know those. I also don`t like it when people write wierd instead of the correct way weird, or alot as one word when it is a lot 2 words.
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Male 541
seeing as how i passed 5th grade grammar, i only sometimes use irregardless but that`s when i`m yelling and really mad so the last thing on my mind is using the right words ha
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Male 45
I`ve never made any of these mistakes. FTW
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Male 94
the only one that im guilty of is the irregardless one. i always thought that it was a word
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Male 236
My biggest pet peeve isn`t a spelling mistake, it`s a pronounciation mistake. Wash pronounced worsh. "I`m gonna go worsh my clothes at the Worshington Street Laundrymat." I absolutely hate it!
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Male 814
No, no, no! I refuse to believe that IAB is full of geniuses. Those are STUPID mistakes.
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Male 1,788
I`ve never made those mistakes. Maybe it`s because I`m not an idiot.
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Female 673
I never make those mistakes unless I don`t check my work, and even then, I get them right most of the time. The only one may be "irregardless" but I don`t use that word very often, anyway.

Does that mean I`m not smart, since it`s smart people who make those mistakes?

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Male 29
well, actually, all these things are totally clear for europeans who learn english in school. i don`t know why. maybe because we never knew better.
but in these days. i guess you just can`t learn it right when everyone uses theeees words your talkin bout on da dratin internet.
so, maybe its a generation thing.period.
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Male 4,793
actually i usually correct people when they make these mistakes. all of those grammar mistakes bother the hell out of me.
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Female 525
`alot` is my least favorite.
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Female 86
ALL of those are pet peeves of mine. Except for irregardless. I`ve never heard or seen anyone use that `word`.

Oooh that`s another one. Except and accept.

Also, "I could care less" REALLY irritates me. It means the opposite of what the speaker wants it to mean.

There are so many people out there who make these mistakes daily. The thing that really gets me is that most of them have graduated high school. How, HOW can teachers justify a passing grade to someone who doesn`t know basic (and I mean elementary school basic) spelling and grammar? If I had turned in a paper full of the said common mistakes there is no way in hell I would have passed.

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Female 78
I don`t use these incorrectly...?
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Male 663
No, these are spelling mistakes that stupid people make.
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Male 236
"appostrophy"

Seeing as this is a spelling topic, I thought I would point out the correct spelling......apostrophe.

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Male 276
WTF? I`ve seen these mistakes, they bug me, but I`m to smart for it i always use the right spelling.
(See what i did there? Or did you miss it?)

Another one that bugs me is spelt and spelled, you can not have spelt something, you could have only spelled something.

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Male 19
I don`t even think that dumb people make these mistakes. How stupid do people think other people are?
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Male 569
those are all like 3rd grade things. you are not smart if you make all of those errors. i can`t remember its and it`s sometimes but that`s it.
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Female 602
Two minutes late with that last post. XD
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Female 602
"Then" and "than" are often mixed up too.
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Female 127
Smart people don`t make these mistakes. I freaking hate it when people make these ones, they`re so damn easy to remember.
Then and than: Then is when you`re dealing with time. "I`m going to Walmart and then I`m going home." Than is an either or situation, "I`d rather go to Costco than Walmart."
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Male 12,138
Not a spelling mistake, but nonetheless I must bring up "I could care less".

Christ on a bike, that gets right on my tits. It`s "couldn`t care less". COULDN`T, FFS!

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Male 534
I think for those of us in school, we had these errors beaten out of us REAL fast or we suffer the consequences.

I`m assuming people with much bigger fish to fry make mistakes here and there because grammar and spelling errors aren`t at the top of their list of priorities.

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Female 82
What about `brought` and `bought`, `bear` and `bare`?

As well as people using the word `addicting`. Addicting? Wtf?

Garrr.

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Male 111
These are not spelling mistakes smart people make.
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Male 2,121
The only one of these I do is the its one, because I don`t give a drat about an appostrophy. Thiugh I`d have thought affects vs effects would have been up there.
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Male 336
as long as were on the subject:

Then/Than

Affect/Effect

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Male 819
I`m sorry, but this is bs... smart people do not mix up you`re and your or its and it`s.
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Female 627
I have been taught well.
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Female 122
what about "accept" "except"?
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Male 610
When people text me, I send back badly written texts after i proofread, corrected, and explaining how they were wrong and how to do it correctly next time. Strangely enough, people often respond with contempt, or anger.
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Male 3,819
Really, Mr. Copywriter?

Get your pretentious ass the f*ck out of here. I was expecting some non-obvious errors.

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Male 1,666
"Try "guerrilla", "accidentally", and "judgment" for words that are commonly misspelled"

Frick... I always thought it was spelled "judgement"
Good call.

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Male 1,666
No, this is retarded, we`re not 2nd graders.
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Female 590
Sorry, but if you make those mistakes, you are either stupid, careless, or under 13 years of age.

Try "guerrilla", "accidentally", and "judgment" for words that are commonly misspelled, even by intelligent people.

I have a degree in news writing and editing journalism. I`m allowed to be a snob.

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Male 759
Alternative title is `8 spelling mistakes no-one makes`
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Male 144
Regardless of her valid points, she`s still a bitch.
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Male 25
I think even 7th grade drop-outs would get this.
I`m reading this thinking: "This is a joke?"
The only one on here that is questionable to be difficult is Irregardless. Otherwise, it`s pretty simple to figure out.
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Male 48
these are actually easy i cant see how people can mess up!
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Female 9,572
I knew most of these already.
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Male 516
"I get all these correctly. I`m a grammar freak"

Oh God... please tell me you meant to do that. If not, it`s hilarious.

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Male 606
All of these are my pet peeves. I don`t make any of these mistakes. I like the English language.
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Male 2,576
Thank god somebody finally publishes and clears up "a lot" and "too".

Sweet, I never make those mistakes :-)

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Female 159
only guilty of irregardless.
all the other ones are pet peeves of mine. especially the you`re and your and their there and they`re.
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Female 531
the correct spelling of a lot is a pet peeve of mine...
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Male 74
I don`t thank that any "smart person" would make those mistakes.
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Male 404
I get all these correctly. I`m a grammar freak :x
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Female 602
"Those ones" tends to annoy me. >_o
Yeah, but these errors... I rarely ever make any of them.
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Male 5,314
i can`t say i make those errors that often
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Male 1,837
these are the main things to look out for when you`re a grammar nazi.

its a hard job.

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Male 2,605
Yeah, I make none of those mistakes.
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Male 89
"did good" doesn`t really bother me....... or maybe it`s just that I hate the word "well" for some reason, or maybe it`s cuz i don`t wanna sound like some lame ass nerd
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Male 8,300
> Syrup
> your kidding. your all loosing it over some mistakes that ALOT of smart people make. its not that big of a deal

You`re kidding! You`re all "losing it" over some mistakes which are made by a lot of smart people. It`s not such a big deal!

I assume you were deliberately playing dumb to make a point - 10+ mistakes is not a bad score!

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Male 1,219
Smart people are not very smart apparently.
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Female 3,828
i dont make any of these mistakes in RL, but sometimes if im chatting online i will..just bacause i dont care and am trying to type fast enough to keep up.
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Female 1,306
"i knew all of those guess im smart!!!hahahahahaha yea"

....right!

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Male 3,842
Nobody actually makes these mistakes unless they are typing fast and not paying attention.

My pet peeve is when people use adjectives instead of adverbs. Like if a football announcer talks about a player who "plays aggressive" I shout back at the TV "plays aggressively!"

It makes me really mad when people tell my little kid that he "did good" - they`re teaching him poor grammar and it is going to sound correct to him if he gets used to it. He "did well!"

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Female 2,220
The only one I`m guilty of is "alot".
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Female 189
your kidding. your all loosing it over some mistakes that ALOT of smart people make. its not that big of a deal.
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Male 12,138
[quote]Lol. I never use the word irrational or ahold[/quote]

I think you mean "irregardless". Nothing wrong with irrational...

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Female 109
I am in eighth grade English and I know better than to make these mistakes :\ Honestly, about 95% of my middle school never makes these mistakes...
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Female 4,028
Um... those were quite simple spellings. I have not regularly made such mistakes. If I have, it`s not deliberate, more of a typo.
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Female 470
My god! SMART people make these mistakes? Often? Christ...
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Female 513
As a medical typist, my grammar and spelling has to be near perfect (98% as of last Q&A review), therefore I rarely make a spelling error even on words such as: endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, ptosis (pronounced tosis), petechiae, and a host of others. I agree with bonzoello, there is no excuse for these simple words to be incorrectly spelled. It`s just laziness on the part of the speller.
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Male 1,406
I made the mistake of 7 once. That`s it. People who make these mistakes commonly really irritate me. Especially the lose/loose one... COME ON PEOPLE!
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Male 1,496
8 telltale signs someone`s an idiot.
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Female 1,043
I don`t make any of these mistakes. I may take the easy route out when it comes to Internet lingo but on important papers, never...
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Male 1,059
Lol, these comments are more fun than the article. But another mistake that people make is the difference between then and than, which is also annoying.
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Male 228
No. Smart people do not make these mistakes. Rather, lazy jackasses who spend too much time hurling useless texts and comment board insults are the ones who make these mistakes. These are all words that should have been mastered by the time you graduated elementary school. There is ZERO excuse for the bastardization of the English language as such. Furthermore, if it continues this way then we will have quite a confusing set of homophones on our hands.
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Female 538
This can`t be serious. If you`re making these mistakes on a regular basis you don`t actually speak English. Seriously. I know all my there/their/they`re and my your/you`re/yore (I`ve seen people use yore instead of your...)

It`s not like it is difficult to remember.

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Male 8,300
How many of these do I get wrong? None. Ever. I`ll elucidate: it`s because I stimulate my cranial controller and maximize my intellectual aptitude by the daily consumption of at least a triad of diverse tomes, never omitting or procrastinating such endeavour. I am no emeritus, but the practice keeps my dendrites in optimal status. In short, I read 3 books a day, every day.
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Female 310
mistakes 1,2,3 most educated dont make because those are middle school mistakes- the other ones i think are more common because so many people do it
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Female 650
Yeah, boring.
Every english teacher i`ve had since eighth grade has had a poster in their room listing the same "Common Mistakes."
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Male 1,929
If you fail basic English you`re not a smart person. You might be good at something, but you`re just fundamentally flawed.
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Female 839
I never make any of these mistakes, and i don`t think anyone `smart` would either...
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Female 122
haah the youre your argument was in the comments of another IAB post. *giggles*
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Male 2,344
Lol. I never use the word irrational or ahold, and the others, I never misspell, and I`m smart. Rather, I tend to misspell words like chief (cheif) or stength (Stregnth), I can`t even write "&" correctly.
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Female 1,890
i knew all of those guess im smart!!!hahahahahaha yea
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Male 742
Wow.
If you didn`t know these,stay off the internet.
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Male 135
I`m pretty sure that you can`t call yourself smart if you commonly make even ONE of those mistakes. That`s pathetic. People these days are so stupid.
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Male 1,059
The only one of these mistakes that I have used was the one that involves the word "irregardless." I didn`t think about that, :-P. Even though it is a word, it is incorrect regardless. lol
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Male 180
That was boring.
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Male 367
Uhm...not really. If you`re confusing simple contractions like you`re/your, too/to, that really doesn`t reflect upon your intellect one way or another.
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Female 15,763
I saw an official sign someone had the other day warning about a nearby security camera.

It said, "Your on camera."

I wanted to be like, "I DON`T HAVE AN `ON CAMERA, SO F*CK YOU VERY MUCH." But instead I just scoffed and walked away...

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Male 127
Only one I`ve ever used is "ahold", which I just found out is not a word.
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Female 528
I`m not confused by any of these words. Rename to `8 Spelling Mistakes Lots Of People Make`
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Female 66
blah... people who dont write all the time i can see making these mistakes... but for those of us who spend most of our time online, it`s laughable.
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Female 362
The "you`re" "your" one annoys me more than anything else. I try not to be a grammer Nazi, but I correct that one every time I see it.
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Male 32
dumb
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Male 193
i sense a grammar nazi flame war soon
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Female 15,763

I felt it was appropriate.

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Female 36
well that wasn`t very interesting
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Male 244
Link: 8 Spelling Mistakes Even Smart People Make [Rate Link] - How many of these common grammar mistakes do you make?
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