Tag Archives: misspellings

Chante Sez … It’s unfair to judge

12 Nov

If we would take the time to judge ourselves — examine ourselves first, that is — we often wouldn’t be judged by others. Of course, when others do judge, it’s unfair.

I try not to judge myself for constantly misspelling judgment. I’m always inclined to add a second “e.”

Here’s my tip on how to avoid “judgement.”

Judgment is wrong; it’s an an error. Since “error” starts with “e,” remember that it’s an error to add one.

ChanteSez … Is it ‘then’ or ‘than’?

13 Aug

A colleague had seen “then” incorrectly used so many times when “than” should have been — in laudable publications, no less — he started to question which was right. ChanteSez to the rescue!

If you’re talking about time, it’s “then.” A few examples:

If I don’t do it now, then I’ll never get around to it.

Every now and then, I crave mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Think of it this way: Time means “when,” and when means “then.”

“Than” is about a comparison of some sort.

She refuses to date anyone who’s shorter than she is.

I’d rather be busy than bored.

Here’s your clue: Stay aware (with an “a”) when you compare.

Of course, the best way to avoid this typo, and so many others, is to do a good read before you post, print or pontificate.

ChanteSez … Can you spot the faux pas? If so, you win!

9 Oct

Taking proper grammar and spelling to the streets — or should I say pointing out where it should have been — this is the first of what may be a series of posts. The first one to spot the faux pas wins a prize you can actually use.

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ChanteSez … Don’t get lost alone in the desert

1 May

I have a sweet tooth. I’ve been known to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies close to midnight if I get a taste for them.

Suffice it to say, I’ve always got room for dessert. And usually, I want more of it.

So that’s today’s lesson: Add more — as in add a second “s” — when writing “dessert.”

As for the dry, arid land that you don’t want to get lost alone in, think of it this way: alone = solo = one “s.”

(Thank you to my dear friend Onnievon Pee for inspiring today’s ChanteSez!)

ChanteSez … We all make mistakes, but we can fix them

23 Jan

Sometimes we just have to accept that we’re going to make mistakes. The good news is that we can fix them.

What I love about Meredith Esham, Fauve Holihan, Daryl Smith O’Hare and Laurie Parker is that they love me regardless of my flaws. I love them right back. And I am so very grateful for the friendship, good laughs and wise words we shared recently. These amazing ladies inspired today’s ChanteSez, and they inspire me in general.

Back to today’s tip.

Rather than stress out about the errors you repeatedly make, create a hit list with their correct counterparts.

Here’s a list of a few common errors. (The correct spelling is listed first, when applicable.)

  • Quite vs. quiet: You may very well mean a lower noise volume (quiet), but reread your sentence to make sure you’ve spelled it properly. Spell-check won’t catch this one!
  • Spigot vs. spicket: Gotta love regional dialect, and the misspellings that result from it. Despite many in the South pronouncing it “spicket,” the correct spelling is “spigot.”
  • Judgment vs. judgement: I’m told that even first-year law students constantly get this wrong.
  • Separate vs. seprate: Again, blame the way this word is spoken for how it’s often misspelled.
  • Cemetery vs. cemetary: Ditto!