Thursday, October 30, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (Part 66)

I'm running low on words, but I still have a few left:

Sherrif or Sherriff vs. Sheriff

Wrong: There’s a new Sherrif in town.

Right: There’s a new Sheriff in town.

Sheriff (the law in these here parts) is often misspelled. Don’t let this sidewinder bushwhack you, pardner.

Opps vs. Oops

Wrong: Opps! Sorry about that.

Right: Oops! Sorry about that.

I have no idea why oops (an expression of chagrin or dismay as one’s mistake or clumsy act) shows up as opps so often. Opps doesn’t even sound like oops. Undoubtedly it’s a typo sometimes, but when the same person misspells it opps multiple times, it must be more than a typo.

Stay tuned for the next installment.


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