I don’t know about others, but I see every word when I’m reading, even if I’m only reading for pleasure. And I get worse when I’m editing, lol, as it’s my particular “common sense”, my practical ability! I’m like a hunting dog; once I see a misspelling, typo, or word confusion, my hackles begin to rise. With each additional error, I become more aware of mistakes, and eventually I’m huntin’ for ‘em. You really don’t want me on the trail unless you’ve hired me to edit or proofread, *grin*.
Instead, use your commonsense when you’re proofing your own work, be paranoid. Check every word if it’s not one you commonly use. Make a list of the words you know you confuse — add to that list *grin*!
Another example of commonsense found me adding into Auto Correct those irksome noun phrases; you can only add a single word as the “trigger” but the “corrected” word can be a phrase. In other words, type “afterawhile” to create after a while, “onceinawhile” for once in a while, and the same for for a while and in a while. Or just bookmark the post for A While vs Awhile vs While or Whilst vs Wile for future reference, lol.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Burckmyer, 112|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternative spelling: common-sense
|She left school in the eighth grade, but has a lot of common sense.
Will you please use your common sense!?
|Because it was raining, he chose the commonsense alternative of taking the train.
It’s only commonsense to pay attention to traffic signs and cautions.
|Adjective: commonsensible, commonsensical
Adverb: commonsensibly, commonsensically
|History of the Word:|
|1525-35 as a translation of the Latin sēnsus commūnis is itself a translation of the Greek koinḕ aísthēsis.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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