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The Big List of Booboos and Blunders
"Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit."
— Internet folk lore
The following "master list" of errors comes from a (still-incomplete) document of advice for amateur writers
which writer Robert M. Schroeck has been composing on and off since early 2007. While it is in no way definitive or exhaustive, it is
rather extensive and ever-so-faintly snarky in places. It is more-or-less organized in alphabetical order by the erroneous word or phrase, although in some cases two or more terms may turn out to be interchangeably misused for each other, in which case the "key" entry is pretty much arbitrarily selected.
Additional examples are always welcome.
A term that will be found frequently in the following, but which may not be immediately familiar, is "eggcorn". "Eggcorns" are words or phrases that a person has only ever heard and never seen written, which when that person needs to write them down get written the way they sound
to him. The term comes from the transcription someone once made of the word "acorn", which they had somehow gotten through their life without once seeing in print. The eggcorn is the half-sibling of the mondegreen
An excellent guide to known eggcorns can be found here
Related to the eggcorn is "eye dialect"
. This is a term for the writer's device of spelling words as they sound
in order to give a sense of a speaker with a foreign accent, an odd dialect, or poor education. For example, using "gonna" for "going to". In general, this is a deliberate stylistic choice made by a writer, but on this page it's used also to reflect a variety of eggcorn that is caused by poor literacy skills — the key example would be writing the contraction "'ve" as " of" (as in "could of", "would of") out of simple incomprehension that the words in question are
As a final note, the original core set of examples here were primarily collected from Fan Fics
(mostly for anime
, at least at first). As a result, you will occasionally find specific references (though not links) to the fics in question; this is to allow the reader the opportunity to view the errors in their native environment, should they so choose.
No relation to Boo-Boo Bear
, any other List of Big Booboos
, or Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo