Some say the complexity of English language makes it easy for one to make a mistake without realizing. However, for those who listen, it is either a case of low intelligence or education when one makes a grammatical error.
For persons who are so particular about what they read or hear, your bad English or incorrect use of words are a complete turn off and that can cost you a lot.
Unfortunately the internet today is saturated with many ‘unknown’ and error-ridden speeches that is greatly corrupting the grammar of many people.
According to Byron Reese, CEO of the venture-backed Internet startup Knowingly, which recently launched Correctica, a tool that scans websites looking for errors that spell checkers miss a handful of prominent websites scanned recently showed many grammatical errors on the sites.
Here are some of the most commonly misused words on the web.
1. Prostrate cancer
The correct word is “PROSTATE CANCER” but it’s quite interesting where the additional “r” is imported from.
2. First-come, first-serve
This is a simple phrase that explains that the first person to arrive will be served first before the others and in order. The correct word is “FIRST-COME ,FIRST SERVED”. The “d” in served is usually forgotten. You will be shocked to know that Yale University has this error too.
3. Sneak peak
Peak different from peek. “Peak” is the top or apex of a highland while “Peek” is a quick look at something.
Therefore the correction express is “Sneak Peek” which means to have a secret or early look at something.
The right expression is “deep-seated”. This is to say, firmly established or deeply engrossed.
Indeed, saying “deep-seeded” could make some sense as in, indicating something is planted deep in the ground, however it is not the correct expression.
5. I could care less
“I couldn’t care less” is what you need to say if you want to express maximum apathy toward a situation.
6. Emigrated to
This cannot be debated. To “emigrate” is always used with the preposition “from,” whereas immigrate is always used with the preposition “to.” To emigrate is to come from somewhere, and to immigrate is to go to somewhere. ”
7. Piece of mind
The correct phrase is “PEACE of mind”, which means a state of calmness and tranquility.
8. Wet your appetite
The correct phrase is “Whet your appetite”. Reports suggest of the many times this expression is used online, 56% of them is spelled wrongly. The word “Whet” means to sharpen or stimulate, and so to whet your appetite would mean to awaken your desire for something.
9. Make due
The correct phrase is to “Make do”, that is to sufficiently use or make something do well.
10. Do diligence
Its quite understandable many say and write “do diligence” when the right phrase is “Due diligence”.