15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly [infographic]

I could go on at great length and word count, and perhaps repeat all the other teachers and gurus whose words you can’t remember. But wouldn’t you rather see an infographic? I know I would.

  • Your and you’re
  • It’s and its
  • There, their, and they’re
  • Affect and effect
  • Then and than
  • Loose and lose
  • Me, myself, and I
  • Apostrophe abuse
  • Could of, would of, should of (I hate even typing those)
  • Complement and compliment
  • Fewer and less
  • Historic and historical
  • Principal and principle
  • Literally
  • The Dangling Participle

The fine folks at Daily Infographic can solve all these problems, so without further ado, here’s the link to those grammar goofs.


Oh, I once got an email from my boss at an editing company that said “without further adieu.” I bid Chandra adieu and don’t work there anymore.

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  1. I don’t even have an i-phone, never mind an Aglophone…

  2. “Momentarily” has a second meaning, which is “At any moment” (North American usage, Chambers) and the OED (def. 4). It’s not incorrect to use it in lieu of “soon.”

    Most of the errors above are homonym errors. That, in and of itself, is actually erroneous–a homonym is two words having the _same_ written form, but two different meanings, not two different written forms (their and they’re) with two different meanings. I mean, just for clarity, if we’re going to get down in the weeds.

    For what it’s worth.

    #grammar #homonyms #errors

  3. I think I should call them Grammar Goffs and see if anybody notices.

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