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

Updated on January 14, 2012

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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      jn 

      2 years ago

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

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR

      bayareagreatthing 

      5 years ago from Bay Area California

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

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      Marigold 

      5 years ago

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

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR

      bayareagreatthing 

      6 years ago from Bay Area California

      Thanks Chimmy! i am glad you stopped by!

    • Chimmy White profile image

      Chimmy White 

      6 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.

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR

      bayareagreatthing 

      7 years ago from Bay Area California

      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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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      7 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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      drbj and sherry 

      7 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?

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR

      bayareagreatthing 

      7 years ago from Bay Area California

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

    • Sue Adams profile image

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      7 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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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR

      bayareagreatthing 

      7 years ago from Bay Area California

      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 

      7 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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