Don’cha just hate it when somebody says or writes would of instead of would have or should of instead of should have?
You do? Good. Me, too.
Spurred by the writing of people who should know better, I am compiling a list of phonetic spellings and related oddities.
Here are some of my favourites, supplemented by suggestions from my colleagues Kenton Larsen and Chris Petty, avid readers and writers both.
Case and point (instead of case in point)Doggy dog (dog eat dog)Low and behold (lo and behold)Run the gambit (run the gamut)Pour over (pore over)
Two reasons to be aware of such mistakes and to fix them: They jar the reader, and they reveal the writer’s ignorance.
A couple of suggestions to prevent such mistakes: Read more. And when you write something, read it aloud before publishing it.
You could also trying looking up words. That’s why God made dictionary.com.
Got other examples? That’s why God made the Comment feature.