If you know me at ALL, you’ll know that one of my hugest pet peeves is when people can’t seem to get simple spellings correct and consistently make ridiculous grammar errors. I’m talking about stuff they should have known by the time they finished middle school.
A typo is one thing — even acceptable when you’re typing fast and trying to get words out quickly on the computer keyboard. I simply can’t stand it, though, when people don’t know the difference between their/they’re/there, its/it’s, your/you’re, and loose/lose. I hate seeing spelling errors for words that I feel everyone should know how to spell. Any time I see errors like that, I wonder how the person managed to get through high school or college without being corrected by a teacher and learning the right way to do it.
It especially bothers me when the person making the mistake is very highly educated — or even worse, a teacher! That is an even bigger pet peeve for me. Teachers should know how to spell simple words and understand basic grammar. Why would I want someone who can’t spell correctly to teach my child?
If you need a little spelling/grammar refresher, you should absolutely check out this page from The Oatmeal, one of my favorite sites — Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling!