Single Mom Out Loud

The joys (and desperation) of raising a boy without a man

A Quick Note On Homophones

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“Hi their!”

That’s the text I got this morning from a guy I WAS interested in. I say was because the moment I saw his text, those butterfly feelings died. I don’t know what it is about bad spelling that just gives me the hebegebees, but if there is one thing that I can not get over, is a man who can’t handle his English. The potential mate can be charming, rich, and everything I ever dreamed of. If he can’t spell, I will dry up quicker than quick dry paint on a hot day.

So men, PLEASE know the difference between:

Your and You’re

To, two and too

Their and there

Then and than

Affect and effect

Lose and loose

Principal and principle

Decent, descent and dissent

Accept and Except

Afflict and inflict

Allude and elude

Appraise and apprise

Dual and duel

Eminent and Imminent

Formerly and formally

Discreet and discrete

Especially and specially

Extant and extent

Complement and compliment

Farther and further

Confident and confidant

Respectfully and respectively

Precede and proceed

Precedent and president

Persecute and prosecute

Who’s and whose

Veracious and voracious

Predominate and predominant

These are just some examples of mistakes that drive me up the wall. If you don’t know some of them I urge you to go home today and study your homophones. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more disappointing than a man who doesn’t know his grammar and spelling.

You’re welcome.


Author: Brisa Pinho

Brazilian. Piscean. Project manager. Raising a boy in a man's world... without a man.

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