Using the wrong word

Online, it's all too common to see "you're" and "your" switched or the various their/there/they're permutated in unholy ways. Why don't you see people talking about naval piercings though? That seems like it should be a very easy mistake.


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  1. Hmm, if I google "naval piercing", two of the top five results refer to "naval piercing, the other three refer to "navel piercing". So I'd say one does see people talking about naval piercings. However, I didn't see any results that referred to military sailors getting piercings, though I know they're into tattoos...

  2. Hmmm, I've never seen the belly-button region referred to as "naval". But, like other things, if people screw it up enough it becomes "common-use"? That sucks.

    Here's a handy list of "100 most commonly misspelled words." It's actually not too interesting, but makes for a good avoiding E&M homework sort of read.

    Many of my own pet peeves live in the world of crappy sports journalism, and misused prases/idioms. For example, if a player or team recovers from a slump, they "are/got untracked" (instead of 'on track'?) or if they try a different approach, they "take a different tact". And while this may be a matter of personal preference, I'm sick of writers (or maybe computers) who/that are unable to properly handle irregular conjugations: swung instead of swinged, hanged vs hung up a uniform (not a person), lose vs loose, or "try and" instead of "try to". While these may seem a little picky, is it really too much to ask for ESPN articles to read properly? How else are the kids going to learn to read.

    (I hope that there's at least one typo in this post, that would be ironic. Doncha think?)

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