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What word is used incorrectly the most?

By DanQverymuch

4 months ago


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    #1 4 months ago

    I'll tell you. It is definitely "defiantly."

    Now, I realize that it is due to spell checkers (and lazy people) but I searched Pinside and the word "defiantly" appears in 640+ posts, and I gave up trying to find posts where it was not used incorrectly in place of "definitely." I would wager that it is used incorrectly 100 times for every time it is used correctly. That's crazy!

    The root word of "defiantly" is "defy," a verb. "Defiant" is an adjective built on that, and "defiantly" is an adverb built on that!

    Whereas "definitely" the adverb is based on "definite" the adjective.

    Now, cannot everyone see that "definite" is not the same word as "defiant?" It would seem so; when I searched for "defiant" I didn't see anyone using that word incorrectly.

    So what's so confusing about adding an "ly" to the correct word?

    Again, yes, we have spell check to thank for this phenomenon. Start a word with "defi," goof up the middle, add "ly," and spell check will ever so helpfully suggest "defiantly." Which is great, if that's the word you were after. But, for the love of all that is good and holy, don't accept the suggestion when it isn't!

    Running this into the ground, it's probably the misspelling "definatly" that is the main culprit. Swap the "n" and "a" and there's "defiantly," which explains the spell check suggestion. Just remember, there is definitely no "a" in "definitely!"

    I'm still astounded that anyone would say "ok, yeah, I meant defiantly" when they didn't!

    DE_FI_ ANT_ LY
    DE_ FIN_ ITE_ LY

    I guess all I'm asking is for people to pay better attention. Rant over!

    #2 4 months ago

    they
    their
    they're

    #3 4 months ago

    to
    too
    two

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    #4 4 months ago

    "Literally" is literally the word most misused.

    #5 4 months ago

    sale
    sell

    #6 4 months ago

    Pinball related word misuse.

    Pop bumbers

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    #7 4 months ago

    When people don't obey the tenants of grammar we all loose.

    Its the principal that’s at steak — it effects our ability to communicate affectively!

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    #8 4 months ago

    Irregardless. It's....regardless.

    But it's technically a word according the Merriam-Webster. Coincidentally, they both mean the same thing.

    #9 4 months ago

    loose for lose...one misuse that has been around for a long time
    hype for hyped ("hyped" usually followed by "up")...one that is more recently misused

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    #10 4 months ago

    Could care less. Should be "couldn't care less" if you're claiming not to care.

    #11 4 months ago

    I could of sworn I told the kids to stop climbing on the pinball tables but there to stubborn too listen

    #12 4 months ago

    The misuse of defiantly for definitely is something I would not have expected...wonder if it is some kind of 'auto-correct' artifact.

    #13 4 months ago

    This machine has no ware!!!!

    Works perfectly except the left bumper needs to be fixed!

    The rubber bumpers need to be replaced!

    #14 4 months ago

    "Noone" is not "no one".

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    #15 4 months ago

    Thermionic nailed it.
    On Pinside it's definitely "there" instead of "their" or “they’re” in first
    Could/should/would "of" instead of "have", right up there.

    #16 4 months ago

    "Then" for "than".
    This one is bigger then that one.
    Literally drives me insane.

    #17 4 months ago

    I’m a record guy and the term “vinyls” is used all too often. The records are made of vinyl. You can even call a record a vinyl as in “Do you have the vinyl?” Or “Do you have this on vinyl?” But vinyls is never and cannot be plural. When you have more than one, they’re called records. And also it’s ok to just call it a record or vinyl record or vinyl records.

    #18 4 months ago

    I see this with some regularity here:

    * queue versus cue

    * piqued versus peaked

    #19 4 months ago

    Border/Boarder

    Always cracks me up.

    #20 4 months ago
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    #21 4 months ago

    That Batman gif is a good example

    #22 4 months ago
    Quoted from ImNotNorm:

    Border/Boarder

    Always cracks me up.

    humanity - Huemanatee

    #23 4 months ago
    Quoted from transprtr4u:

    humanity - Huemanatee

    please change back to your original Avatar!

    The Humanatee was so much better....

    #25 4 months ago

    Everyone "Do the needful"...

    #26 4 months ago

    "That doesn't really jive with what he's saying!!!"

    It's JIBE goddammit! Not "jive." Unless you are on a doomed airplane with June Cleaver I guess.

    #27 4 months ago
    Quoted from DCFAN:

    loose for lose...one misuse that has been around for a long time

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    #28 4 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    "That doesn't really jive with what he's saying!!!"
    It's JIBE goddammit! Not "jive." Unless you are on a doomed airplane with June Cleaver I guess.

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    #29 4 months ago

    Probably and Prolly

    #30 4 months ago

    Ain't as it ain't a word

    #31 4 months ago

    Moist

    #32 4 months ago

    I'm disgusted how many successful adults cannot wrap their brain around the to/too and there/their/they're thing. It's disappointing.

    #33 4 months ago

    Harvard is very prestige

    #34 4 months ago

    Restored--If the game is working, it is not Restored!!!!

    #35 4 months ago

    desert and dessert

    #36 4 months ago
    Quoted from jorant:

    I'm disgusted how many successful adults cannot wrap their brain around the to/too and there/their/they're thing. It's disappointing.

    I know!

    And then you point it out and YOU'RE the bad guy!!!

    It's a crazy world.

    My all time favorite internet burn has to be "your an idiot!"

    #37 4 months ago

    Let me axe you a question

    #38 4 months ago

    "use to" instead of the correct "used to" always gets my goat!

    #39 4 months ago

    I hear "for all 'intensive' purposes," quite a bit.

    #40 4 months ago

    I gnu it!
    I new it!
    I nu it!
    I knew it!
    You all are a bunch of homophones!!!

    #41 4 months ago

    Bias. A lot of people nowadays use that as an adjective when it is not (eg., "The news is very bias"). Biased is the adjective of the noun bias.

    #42 4 months ago

    Where are you...at?

    #43 4 months ago

    Literally is used too much!

    #44 4 months ago
    Quoted from transprtr4u:

    humanity - Huemanatee

    please change back to your original Avatar!

    The Humanatee was so much better....

    #45 4 months ago
    Quoted from Electrocute:

    Where are you...at?

    In the south they say “Where you at?”

    #47 4 months ago

    Suppose vs supposed

    #48 4 months ago

    Y’all

    A lot of Yankees say Y’all to mean “You all.” In southern slang Y’all means you as in talking to one other person. All Y’all means all of you plural. You can catch a lot of yankee transplants trying to be hipsters and saying Y’all when speaking to one person.

    Full disclosure: I’m a yankee that moved to Atlanta 15 years ago. 90% of my neighbors in the northern suburbs moved here in the last 10 years. I’m practically a local.

    #49 4 months ago

    At first I was like "literally", then I saw like someone else had that one already. So, then I was like, "what I could I say"? After thinking about it, finally I was like "I know" and I posted this.

    #50 4 months ago

    Another one that seems to confuse people is "nevermind" instead of "never mind" . . . darn you, Nirvana!

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