Check Out These Holiday Spelling Errors
Grab your dictionaries and proofreading checklists – we’re putting a new spin on our old Top Spelling Blunders series to bring you a holiday spelling errors edition!
For those who missed out on the series last Spring, these pesky errors are the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. In order to help you maintain your credibility and build confidence in your writing skills we collected the most common spelling mistakes to share with you and this post features those blunders associated with the holiday season.
Without further ado, we give you: The Top Holiday Spelling Blunders!
1. Honoring the Fallen
On December 7, we annually observe National Pearl Harbor Remembrance (not Rememberance) Day, to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
2. Going on Holiday
Thinking about going on holiday? You should try visiting the Caribbean (not the Carribean). Want something a little more temperate? How about visiting Portugal? Don’t forget your Portuguese (not Portugese) language guide! No? Well, there’s always Great Britain (not Britian).
3. The Temperature
What’s the temperature outside? 32 degrees Fahrenheit (not Farenheit) or 0 degrees Celsius (not Celcius).
4. Singing Holiday Carols
How does that holiday song go? “It’s beginning (not begining) to look a lot (not alot) like …” Or there’s the Elton John classic “ho ho ho, surprise, surprise” (not suprise, suprise).
5. Giving Thanks
When showing your appreciation, try: “I received (not recieved) your little memento (not momento)! Thank you for such a wonderful gift. I am truly (not truely) grateful (not greatful).”
Bonus Punctuation Howler: Greeting Cards
Season’s (not Seasons) Greetings! Consider it like this: Whose greetings? It’s the season’s greetings; therefore you use an apostrophe* to indicate the greetings belong to the current season. Similarly, New Year’s (not New Years) is a shortened version to describe both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
*Warning! This rule is far from consistent in the English language (e.g., Christmas Eve). It’s best to familiarize yourself with the correct version of the phrase before users grab snapshots of your error and post it all over the Internet.
To recap our holiday edition of the Top Spelling Blunders (and Bonus Punctuation Howler), add these 15 words to your reference list to strengthen your writing skills and keep your credibility intact!
- a lot
- Season’s Greetings
- New Year’s
For more, browse our Grammar Tips category!