25 Frequently Misspelled & Misused Words That Haunt PR Pros


It's often the most routine and commonly used words
and phrases that can ruin your PR copy. 

No professional communicator—no matter how experienced—is immune from the pain and downright embarrassment of spelling or word usage errors. Spell-check can only go so far and, in fact, can be a dangerous crutch (it won't catch homophones).

To help you remain vigilant, we asked the PR News community to share some misspelled and misused words that have burned them in the past:

          Homophones (and near homophones): 

  1. Band/banned

  2. Colombia/Columbia

  3. Complimentary/complementary

  4. Fare/fair

  5. Forth/fourth 

  6. Insure/ensure

  7. Its/it's

  8. Principal/principle 

  9. Right/write

  10. Sale/sail 

  11. Scene/seen

  12. Seam/seem

  13. Sight/site

  14. Their/they're/there

  15. Then/than

  16. We're/were

  17. Whose/who's 

  18. Worse/worst

  19. You're/your

    Common misspellings:

  20. Public (pubic)

  21. Tomorrow (tomorow)

  22. February (Febuary)

  23. Wednesday (Wendesday)

  24. Definitely (definitly)

  25. Received (recieved)


Which misspelled and misused words haunt your dreams?

Follow Bill Miltenberg: @bmiltenberg




13 Comments

Deals of the Week

Get $150 Off PR News' Social Media Conference

 Social_Media_Conference_180x150_ep
At PR News’ Social Media Conference, taking place October 9 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, you will receive instruction from experienced social media communicators and take away practical knowledge that you can put to work right away as soon as you return to the office.

Use code “150off” at checkout.

Get $50 off PR News' Media Relations Guidebook


book-mediarelations-180x150

This 8-chapter resource contains practical implications for some of the most innovative developments in media relations, including the technologies, methodologies and mannerisms that determine the ecosystem in which PR pros practice this essential part of their craft.

Use code “50off” at checkout.

Save $100 on a PR News Subscription



Let PR News become your weekly, go-to resource for the latest PR trends, case studies and tip sheets. Topics covered include visual storytelling, social media, measurement, crisis management and media relations.

Use code “SUBDEAL” at checkout.

  • S Gubanc

    weather/whether

  • Janice King

    Frequently used incorrectly in technology: Premise/Premises. See the correct usage here: http://writinghightech.typepad.com/blog/2007/06/premise_vs_prem.html

  • S Jones

    lose/loose

  • J Kurasz

    I’m good for the ‘tot he’ typo instead of ‘to the’

  • paul byrne

    judgment (judgement)

  • R Pastor

    weather/whether/wether
    accommodate
    vise/vice

  • KA Coleman

    Complimentary/complementary; Wednesday (Wendesday); Whose/who’s – all make me want to scream! Just when I think I’ve ovrcome….I find the nightmare continues (LOL).

  • rgpeterson

    capital/capitol
    pore/pour
    stationery/stationary

  • SJB

    stationery/stationarytheir/there/they’re

  • M Diaz

    Shift/shit

  • Michelle

    Hear/here
    Separate (seperate)
    Loose/lose
    Anything apostrophe “s”
    Affect/effect
    There are soooo many!!

  • CEFreudenrich

    sale/sell
    Web site/website
    ect./etc.
    Usage: i.e. vs. e.g.

  • Heidi

    10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling, TheOatmeal.com: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling