I don't know why I notice this one so much, but has anyone else noticed how often the blogging world mispells "definitely"? I really don't get on the computer looking for mispelled words, and I certainly mispell plenty on my own. This isn't, after all, a term paper we're all typing out. We're entitled to journal/blog without worrying about mistakes. I just find this one interesting. I've seen it typed "definately" so many times in so many places I thought maybe I'd missed out on an alternative spelling and went looking to see. Nope. The word doesn't exist. Just commonly mispelled. Now, my favorite is when once in a big while you'll see someone write "defiantly" for "definitely". I have had students do that before, which made me laugh because switching those out changes meaning. I definitely enjoy a big, juicy hamburger. vs. I defiantly enjoy a big, juicy hamburger. I love the different pictures that come to mind....like someone defiantly loving their mom (one of my favorites).
Another of my favorites is lose vs. loose. I remember my university newspaper having a sporting event add on the back of one edition which said something like, "Go SUU! Come see the [other team] loose!" I thought, "Woooweeee. I don't know if I want to see that." I couldn't believe that newpaper editors, even just the university ones, didn't catch this fourth of a page huge font mistake. Similarly, I'll see on the Biggest Loser website comments all over the place like, "I'm happy [contestant] was able to loose the weight." I personally think they'd be happier if they get rid of it completely, not just let it sag and flop around more. I guess that's better than if they defiantly loose weight.
I'm such a nerd.