Phonetics is probably the biggest breakthrough in modern linguistics. When when we talk about phonetics, the first thing that comes to mind is the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The idea of representing each distinct sound with a unique symbol is very appealing and accurate and could seemingly solve much of the pronunciation/spelling inconsistency that pertains to the writing systems we have today. That is why we might be tempted to think that it would a wise move to drop all traditional alphabets in favor of IPA. Well, as promising as that might seem, it is a terrible idea. Let’s explain why.Continue reading “Here is why we can’t adopt IPA as a writing system.”
The Latin alphabet for English once included 7 extra characters, some of which did not have Latin origins. But down the road, they fell out of use. Here is a list of the letters that once existed in the English alphabet. We also included a list of other letters that were believed to constitute part of the alphabet but were actually not in the alphabet.Continue reading “Here Are The Seven Letters That Do Not Exist in The English Alphabet Anymore.”
We might pretend to hide it, but one of the most satisfying things for us is to spot a mistake. But not just any mistake, a language mistake. You just can’t suppress the laughter when you see a silly one. The Language Nerds has brought to you a collection of hilarious errors that slipped past the spelling check to remind you that you have to review what you write before you submit it. Have at them 🙂Continue reading “Worst And Funniest Spelling Mistakes Ever.”
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When someone tells you they could write some sentence or some strings of words without the mentioned letter, you would roll your eyes or even smirk out of ridicule. It’s not possible, you’d murmur! But let me surprise you. You’re going to scrutinize long pieces of writing down below in the hunt for the mentioned letter, but you won’t find one. I promise!Continue reading “You won’t find the letter ‘a’ in this article.”
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Scrabble, wordsmiths’ favorite game, has pretty straight forward rules and from time to time they get updated with the addition of new words. According to the latest update to the scrabble dictionary, released by Merriam-Webster on September 2018, 300 new words were added and are now eligible to be played in a Scrabble game. The game was last updated in 2014.Continue reading “Scrabble rule change allows use of ‘OK’ and other newly added words.”
We call them all sorts of names: grammar nazis, pedants, grammar police, and sometimes prescriptivists. And now science says they are more than just that; they are jerks. A recent study has revealed that people who feel the urge to point out people’s grammatical mistakes online have less agreeable personalities than those who ignore them.Continue reading “People who constantly point out grammatical mistakes are jerks, study finds.”
Never underestimate what a typo can do to you. Some typos pass under the radar sometimes, while others put you in a really bad place. We’ve asked our followers at The Language Nerds about some of the typos they made that had disastrous effects and their responses had been nothing short of hilarious. Let’s have a look at them together.
I once invited about 40 professors and their students to join an “Online Boob Club”.
(It was supposed to say “Online Book Club”)
My colleague sent an email to our VP “Kindly find blow job description.” instead of “…Kindly find below job description.” It was cc to our all department.
I once was writing a comment “awwwww” under a very cute family Christmas photo of a friend (husband, kids etc) and it autocorrected my “awww” as “asses”. The worst thing is that I only realized it when she replied to my comment.
Outlook changed “best regards” to “best retards”
My girlfriend sent me a picture of her with a black dress, I wanted to write “you look very elegant” but autocorrect changed it to “you look very elephant”
I texted a contractor who worked on my house… meant to say I want to get him PAID, autocorrected to “I want to get you laid.”
Our proofreading department at the newspaper I worked for missed a big one once–an ad for “barbecued chicken” went through to print (an entire back page!) as “barbecued children”.
My phone finally realized I very rarely want to use the term ‘ducking’ and replaced it with the obvious….in a message about the kids having fun ducking each other at the pool.
“Okey dokey” became “okay donkey”
In a business email to an Italian client, when apologizing I started the email typing by mistake “suca” instead of “scusa“, so I wrote “suck” in place of “sorry”
Wasn’t mine but my fave is the election manifesto for a certain conservative candidate for mayor of London, who promised to ‘take an axe to the bloated and swollen pubic sector’. Still got elected.
“Tuesday won’t work for me, unfortunately. I’m very busty.”
I once signed an email off to a disability charity as: “kind Retards” instead of “Kind Regards”. Luckily they found it hilarious and it’s still joked about, but I wanted the world to swallow me up right then and there!
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Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren’t distracted by the total lack of content in you writing.Randy K. Milholland
Many of us get into the habit of making writing mistakes either because of unawareness on our part or just mere sloppiness. Many of these mistakes affect the way readers perceive our pieces of writing; foolish typos can make the difference between a great first impression and a tainted one. We at The Language Nerds took the liberty to collect the most common mistakes that the majority of people tend to make and we want you to watch out for them so that there is nothing to worry about when you want to apply for your next job or when you want to email your boss. So let’s see what we’ve got!
1. Fewer vs. Less
This one is tricky but easy to avoid. Use fewer when you can count the number of things being discussed. “Fewer than the required number of people passed the test.” Use less when describing intangible concepts, like time. “It took me less time to complete the paper.”
2. Which vs. That
This one is not entirely easy to spot. There are two ways to remember whether to use which or that in a sentence.
First, if you can remove the phrase and not change the meaning of the sentence, use which; if you can’t remove it without changing the meaning of the sentence, use that. You can dump the “whiches”. Let’s see this in examples. “The report, which contained several lovely images, was well received.” Take out “which contained several images” and the sentence still makes sense. But, in this second example: “Reports that contain images are more easily understood.” Take out “that contain images” and this sentence doesn’t make much sense.
Another simple way to look at this is if the phrase is offset by commas, it should contain which. If you don’t need commas, it can be that.
3. Into vs. In to
If you think that into is just a combination of in and to, you are mistaken, as was I. Into always indicates movement. “I walked into the office twenty minutes late.” In and to, however, can be used in lots of different ways that have no relation to movement. “I was called in to go over the reports.”
4. Like vs. Such as
In conversational, spontaneous speech, we use like for pretty much everything. But technically, it’s not always correct. When you use like, you are comparing two things that are alike. For example, “My stupid dog barks like every other dog.” But when you are giving examples, you should use such as: “My stupid dog has many annoying qualities, such as his tendency to bark loudly late in the night.”
5. Me vs. I
This is a classic mistake. Many people get confused about when to use me and I. Both are pronouns, but one is used when it’s the subject of a sentence — the one doing the action — and the other when it’s the object — the one being acted on.
If you say, “I love cake” the word I is the subject, and cake is the object. Unless you are Cookie Monster, you would never say, “Me love cake.” If you say, “Cookie Monster loves me.” the word me is the object, the thing being loved. The same goes for her and him and they and them. One case that trips people up is the phrase, “Between you and me” or “Between him and me.” In this case, between is a preposition (like up, on, at, or around) and the pronouns are the objects of that preposition, so it is correct to say me instead of I.
6. Advise vs. Advice
To advise someone is to give them advice. Advise, with an S, is the verb, while advice, with a C, is the noun. To avoid this mistake remember that advisors advise; it helps to remember which is the verb. (A note of advice: as I was writing that previous sentence, Grammarly and spell check marked “advise” as incorrect! So even the grammar checker can be wrong in this one.)
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