20 Stupid Grammar Mistakes That Even Smart People Make

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When you hear someone using grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education?
Here’s a list of the some of the most commonly misused words on the internet.
1. Prostrate cancer
It’s an easy misspelling to make, just add an extra “r” and prostate cancer becomes “prostrate” cancer which would translate to “cancer of lying face down on the ground.” Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mayo Clinic websites include this misspelling.
2. First-come, first-serve
This would suggest that the first person to arrive has to serve all of the others. The actual phrase is “first-come, first-served” to indicate that the participants will be served in the order in which they arrived. Both Harvard and Yale got this one wrong.

3. Sneak peak
A “peak” is a mountain top. A “peek” is a quick look. The correct expression is “sneak peek” which would mean to have a secret or early look at something. This error appeared on Oxford University’s site as well as the National Park Service website.
4. Deep-seeded
This should actually be “deep-seated” to indicate that it is firmly established. Though “deep-seeded” could theoretically make sense, indicating something is planted deep in the ground, this is not the correct expression. Correctica found this error on the Washington Post as well as the White House site.
5. Extract revenge
To extract something is to remove it, like a tooth. The correct expression is “exact revenge” which means to demand revenge. The New York Times as well as the BBC made this error.
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