10 words & phrases you may be using wrong

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Let’s face it – the English language is extremely complex. The way we speak versus the way we write creates confusion, and spell check doesn’t tend to help us out on this one. We hear incorrect grammar so often that correct grammar can sometimes sound wrong. Not to mention those words that sound the same, yet have different spellings that can totally alter the context of our writing.

As PR Professionals, writing is everything, and knowing which word or phrase to use can make a big difference in your writing. Are you guilty of these 10 commonly misused words or phrases?

  1. For all intensive purposes – It sounds good, but it’s online casinos really “for all intents AND purposes.”
  2. Whole nother – It’s either “another” or “whole other.” You can’t have both, people.
  3. I could care less – Oh, so you do care? Perhaps you meant, “couldn’t care less.”
  4. Of upmost importance – I think what you mean is, “of utmost importance.”
  5. Supposably – Believe it or not, it’s not a word. “Supposedly” is, however.
  6. Irregardless – Another commonly used word that’s not really a word. “Irregardless” is believed to come from the word “regardless” and “irrespective,” which both have the same meaning.
  7. Towards/Anyways/Afterwards – None of these words actually end in “s!”
  8. Lie vs. Lay – “Lie” means to recline or rest on a surface, while “lay” means to put or place something somewhere.
  9. Farther vs. Further – “Farther” refers to physical distance. You should use the word “further” when talking about advancement.
  10. Ex Cetera – “Et cetera” is the correct phrase, derived from Latin and literally meaning “left over.” Additionally, it should only be used for things; “Et al” is an abbreviation for “and others.”
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