Here is a random selection of words and a rant about them. Some are common mistakes, some are not so common and some are just horrible HORRIBLE words. Okay, ONE is. But I feel very strongly about that one word.
Anyway, here goes:
"Specific" and "pacific"
I don't understand why so many people say "pacific" instead of "specific". Is it just the way they say it that makes it SOUND like "pacific" or do they really think that is another use of that word??? I hate to break it to you, but even if you're talking "pacifically" about the largest ocean in the world, it still should be "specifically". The end.
"Narcolepsy" and "Necrophilia".
A friend of mine years ago was talking about always being tired and half-jokingly said she thought she might have a case of narcolepsy. However, she referred to this condition erroneously as necrophilia. There was a bit of shock until she said "that IS the condition where you can just fall asleep anywhere and everywhere, right?" Those two words are DEFINITELY not ones you should mix up. Ever.
"Instant gratification" and "self gratification"
This error was my own, and I'm still embarrassed about the time I told a colleague he was the "King of Self Gratification", when I actually meant "Instant Gratification." It's a WEE bit personal for the workplace really, isn't it?
"You're/your", "there/their/they're", "its/it's"
We are ALL entitled to a slip-up, and heaven knows I've been guilty of this too (and on the rare occasion I commit this crime, I usually notice afterwards and instantly want to crawl under a rock with shame) but it REALLY isn't that hard to get the correct spelling of these words in the right context consistently. It really does frustrate me when I see the same people make the same errors with these words constantly.
Why in the world is this even a word? Who decided "amazing" wasn't a good enough word? Who do I need to hunt down and kill? The day that word made history for going in the dictionary, I had to explain to a colleague what it meant. The fact I even KNEW what it meant resulted in a very bleak day for me.
What spelling/grammar mistakes, or words annoy you SPECIFICALLY??? I can't be alone here!