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Old 10-17-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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I was reading a thread in which a TF member pointed out that the correct spelling of a city in Florida is "Stuart," not "Stewart." It got me thinking about other common misspellings I see frequently on TF. Two of the most common are:

It is "Cummins" engines, not "Cummings" engines

It is "a lot'" not "alot"

Care to add any of your own?

Forgive me as I am a publisher and can't help finding spelling mistooks.

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Old 10-17-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
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It's a "winch" not a "wench".

It's a "windlass" not a "windless".
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:22 AM   #3
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The one that you may see most often is "RPM's" or just rpms..

RPM stands for revolutions per minute ...... one minute. Not plural just one minute.

People put the "s" on the end because it sounds like it's going faster or ?
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:26 AM   #4
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Eric, we should say, "RsPM". One I see a lot, not just on TF, is "your" when the writer means to say "you're".
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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Greetings,
Advise (to impart information) instead of advice (seeking information). Sometimes see "looking for advise".
I make every effort to make sure my spelling and word usage is correct and apologize for any errors that may occur. Proper spelling and syntax is showing respect for the reader IMO. Akin to dressing up for church.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:21 PM   #6
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On a related note, I love catching malapropisms. Someone today at work said "we haven't flushed out the plan yet" when he meant "fleshed out".

Then again, maybe he did mean flushed out!
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:54 PM   #7
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Just pointing out that some boats have a winch and a wench.
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Hmason: if your significant other reads this, you may have some crew trouble......
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I guess I meant a winch and a wrench.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:18 PM   #10
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I like kph for knots per hour, or nautical miles per hour per hour - a measure of acceleration.
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My dingy or is it dinghy has a wench
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:19 PM   #12
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Salon or saloon.
Fly bridge or flying bridge.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:44 PM   #13
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"Regardless" not "Irregardless" (If it was a real word, it would mean the same as "regardless" and adding the "Ir" doesn't make your point of view sound more important to your audience, probably just the opposite.)

Question posed to me by a trial judge. "Was the liquid found to be "flammable" or "inflammable"? Ah.h.h.h it was nonflammable your honor.

There, their and they're are common mistakes.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:48 PM   #14
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Draft or Drought?

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Gunnel or gunwall or gunwale?

Could care less= still care
Couldn't care less = no care

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rode is used on the windlass in boating
rode used on the wench is a different sport entirely
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cell phone typing makes it more difficult.

I thought there was general agreement that using the wrong anchor was ignorant but that spelling and grammar were overlooked.
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It's "Cojones" not cajones
Cajones means big boxes.
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cell phone typing makes it more difficult.

I thought there was general agreement that using the wrong anchor was ignorant but that spelling and grammar were overlooked.

Wow and boating now is graded by your spelling
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The one that you may see most often is "RPM's" or just rpms..

RPM stands for revolutions per minute ...... one minute. Not plural just one minute.

People put the "s" on the end because it sounds like it's going faster or ?
That's like the ads for Ford cars claiming high MPGs.
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cell phone typing makes it more difficult.

I thought there was general agreement that using the wrong anchor was ignorant but that spelling and grammar were overlooked.
So long as the meaning is understood, I think that should be the general rule. Enough problems in life without inventing more.
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