An Announcement…

We all have words that trip us up every time we go to use them. For me, it is definitely. I have to stop and think about it every time – it always seems like it should be “definately”. But I work hard to remember to spell it correctly.

That is the driving force behind my need to clear this up. Ridiculous. The word is not spelled “rediculous” – it is ridiculous. This drives me batty every time I see it, and I see it spelled incorrectly a lot.


You may turn red when you feel ridiculous, but there is no “red” in the word.

Thank you. That concludes this public service announcement.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

14 replies on “An Announcement…”

definitely used to trip me up all the time and (crazy though it may sound) I realized that even definitely is often finite… that helps me. Not sure if it’ll help anyone else.

Another that used to get me was necessary – but for some reason when I learnt to spell it in French (necessaire) it cleared that up…

I love people’s tricks for remembering words.

Thats a great way of remembering. I still remember what one of my old teachers told me about the difference between “desert” and “dessert” – one more “s” for the one with more calories.

What always confuses me is ‘i’ before ‘e’ because my last name defies that law. Unless I’m supposed to pronounce it Sch-nay-der as in n-ay-bor and w-ay.

what gets me is the blatant misuse of the words “your” and “you’re”.

“your” is possessive

“you’re” is the shortened version of “you are”


but i get shivers when people misspell “ridiculous” and “definitely.”

For me it’s ‘grateful.’ I’m always second-guessing myself and spelling it ‘greatful.’
And occasional spelling errors don’t bother me so much, but hearing someone say “Nu-cu-lar” can drive me absolutely insane.

I’d have to say definitely trips me up all the time, too. However, there are words I like to spell incorrectly for the fun of it. For example, I’ll spell stupid as stoopid when I’m really annoyed about something just so I can put the emphasis on the “oo”. 🙂

Funk all that shizzle. Here is the worst verbal violation ever:


People mess those up that all the time. Hell, even Charlie Murphy can’t get it right! Damn hell! I’m Rick James….

Just another metrosexual listening to vagina music in a world filled with hypocrites.

oh, man. my friend and I are both on a message board where people write ‘rediculous’ and mess up ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ constantly… and she and I are known as the grammar police because we are not afraid to correct people — that’s how much it bothers us!

Glad to know I’m not the only person unable to spell “definitely”; I always spell it definatly. What I can’t stand is when people spell weird “wierd”. That doesn’t even look right and it annoys me to no end.

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