Spelling A lot or A Lot - small and hugemongous words we use that don't exist and other common mistakes

Words we use that don't exist

As a writer, I have to double check my grammar, spelling, or word usage--even then I often miss something. One thing that still haunts me, probably from years of improper use, are using words that don't exist.

For example- Is it "a lot" or "a lot"?

For years I wrote a lot. Of course that was before the days when word editors underlined errors in red. Now I know that a lot of times I misspelled a lot!

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Common words that ain't such a good choice and other confounding things

Many of these words are used every day. Some are not in the dictionary. Some are evolving as they integrate into our language.

  • Regardless (informal for regardless or irrespective)
  • Non-professionalist
  • Self-depreciating
  • Ginormous (use it all the time!)
  • Hugemongous
  • Slickery
  • Impactful
  • Ecscape (check spelling)
  • Anyway (not a word), any way (in any manner, can substitute with "in the"), or anyway (in any case)
  • Doing a 360 (doesn't that bring you back to where you started?)
  • Stupider (more stupid is better)
  • Flustrated (cross between flustered and frustrated)
  • Boughten (past tense of bought?)
  • Like (a real word just not, like, you know, like, what am I trying to say...like?)
  • Inclimate
  • Analyzation
  • Orientated (the jury is still debating this one)
  • Annoyment
  • Wellness (Gaining acceptance without clear understanding of what it means)
  • Fixin (When I lived in Texas I used this all the time, y'all)
  • Preventitive
  • Supposably
  • Funner
  • Funnest
  • Disorientated
  • Chillax
  • Healthcare or health care
  • Website or Web site (both are correct, but capitalize when it is Web site)
  • E-book, ebook, or eBook (the dictionary shows ebook)
  • Email, email, or e-mail (the dictionary shows e-mail)
  • Amongst, Amidsts, Awhilst
  • That vs. which
  • Who, whose, whom
  • Anti-opposed
  • Could of, should of, would of (of is have)
  • Analyzation
  • Sherbet (I am guilty if this one- it is sherbet- who knew?)
  • Try to...(fill in the blank- try and help, try and understand, etc. Should be "try to")


How do you know what to use?

Unfortunately you can't just rely on your word editor to think for you. For example, Google still shows as a misspelled word.

If you are in doubt of word usage, just type in the word to a search engine...but don't "google" it. Google doesn't like to be used as a verb (action word).

What are your favorite misused words?

We all have our pet peeves when it comes to writing. None of us are perfect! It is fun to laugh at our silly mistakes.

So, what are your favorites?

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Awesome! My pet peeve is "regardless." I enjoyed this hub. I like to write grammar hubs, too! Nice to find this one!


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Victoria- Me too! I have been guilty of using it also! Should we go so far to say, "grammar can be fun?"


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yes, bay...! We CAN go that far! I am such a Grammar Geek. I think grammar IS fun!!! :-)


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Sue Adams 4 years ago from Andalusia

But then if non-existing words are used often enough they eventually get added to the official dictionary and that is how language grows, innit? (isn't it?)


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Sue- yes language is constantly in flux. Twenty years ago "blog" wasn't even thought of. Pretty groovy huh?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This was fun to read, BAG. Remember when cloud was a soft-looking fluffy thing in the sky and only spiders spun webs. Loved your choices, especially self-depreciating. Isn't that what a new car does the moment you purchase it?


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Sue Adams 4 years ago from Andalusia

Mobile phone spelling is bound to change, simplify, and eventually improve the English language:

your and you're become ur, yr and ure

wonderful becomes 1drfl

someone becomes sum1

no one becomes no1

any one become any1 or ne1

see you becomes cu

for you becomes 4u

easy becomes ez

enjoy becomes njoy

adieu becomes +u

and there are many more examples


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Drjb- I think it does! Haha! Thanks for stopping by!

Sue- Yes "texting" is changing many things, including contributing to people's loss of communication skills I am told.


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Chimmy White 4 years ago from Trenton, NJ

excellent, I especially liked could of would of should of, it took me a minute to realize why that was wrong, even with your explanation lol. Fun hub and informative.


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Chimmy! i am glad you stopped by!


Marigold 3 years ago

Y'all. You all. Not y'all. Even Firefox doesn't like that one. :)


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bayareagreatthing 3 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Sorry for the late reply Marigold- Wasn't sure if there was a correct spelling for that one.


jn 8 months ago

Alot killes me it is a fictional beast, though a lot is actual grammer

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