Questions tagged [errors]

Questions arising from error (real or perceived): solecism, malapropism, mondegreens, eggcorns, disputed usages, so-called "corruption", folk etymologies, but also requests for interpretation when the text in question arguably contains an error, and questions which stem from a misunderstanding. Do not use when an error has not been made: for example, "which is correct" questions arise from uncertainty, not error.

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How is the sentence “This land is peaceful, its inhabitants kind” grammatically correct?

This might seem like a weird question, but how is the sentence: This land is peaceful, its inhabitants kind. grammatically correct? Shouldn't it be "...its inhabitants are kind"? The sentence is ...
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Conjuring is listed as a noun on Google and Longman but then why does it appear as an adjective in the examples listed at these places?

E.g., on Google, the meaning is: "the performance of tricks which are seemingly magical, typically involving sleight of hand." But the given example is: "a conjuring trick". Similarly, the example in ...
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NORMINAL — normal or with nominal mistake?

At the very end of the live-stream for the nominal SpaceX STP-2 mission, the presenter places what appears to be a baseball cap onto the table. It reads "NORMINAL" (sic). My first thought was how ...
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Do you need to use “sic” for every error, or just the first occurrence?

I am typing into a computer a Civil War diary. The (unknown) author's spelling errors are actually quite consistent. Example: "Troutman told Doug and me to ride ahead and riddjup an area to make ...
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What is the error name of “incorrect” but semantically valid variations of fixed expressions (e.g., “false news” instead of “fake news”)?

What is it called when one says "false news" but they mean "fake news" and just didn't notice the difference or didn't realize it mattered? It's like an eggcorn but the way it sounds is not quite the ...
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An unfamiliar word ‘raked’

I had something weird happened to me not too long ago, I was texting a friend and was asking a question that isn’t super illegal but it didn’t cross any lines within the law. To cut a long story ...
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Why do some people misspell “kernel” with an “a”?

Sometimes when working with servers, one may encounter a problem with the kernel. I have noticed many times when participating in support groups on IRC, that some people type "kernal" instead of "...
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What word describes this verbal slip-up?

I just overheard my officemate, while she was on a conference call, say "My muke was mited", and I've said before "We need some more print for the inker". These aren't quite spoonerisms, as far as I ...
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Scimitar or Cimitar?

I'm a cook at a restaurant. My liberal arts education combined with a classical culinary education helps me figure out most stuff on my own, but occasionally I'm unsure. The grey area, fuzzy logic. ...
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Is “his husband” grammatically valid? [duplicate]

I was surprised to see "his husband" in the Cambridge dictionary’s entry for compliment: He complained that his husband never paid him any compliments anymore. Isn't that a grammatical ...
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What type of error is this? [closed]

What's a name for mistakes like in the following sentence: "time flies even faster as a parent"? Requested edit to clarify where the error is: time as a parent is the subject in the sentence above, ...
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Use of sophisticated words (to muddy the waters?) [closed]

EXAMPLE: In probability theory and statistics, variance is the expectation of the squared deviation of a random variable from its mean. Generally, it measures how far a set of (random) numbers are ...
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The usage of “who knows” [duplicate]

Is the second sentence correct English? What is the grammatical role and meaning of "who knows how many jobs"? ...Traditional cars happen to be human sized to transport humans but tiny autos can ...
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Spot the error: I wish he was as good as you when it came to managing finances [closed]

Spot the grammatical error, if any?
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how can i write it You username has been updated or Your username has been updated [closed]

Which is correct? You username has been updated or Your username has been updated or something else i am not sure i dont speak very well english so making sure i am writing right
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Spot the error in the sentence below

The long-awaited moment at last came and we set out for the station as merry a band of children as I have ever seen before or since? I think it should be in "before or since", but I am confused.
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How would you explain these mistakes to an adult language learner? [duplicate]

what is the mistake in "I Have visited washington two years ago"?
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finding the error

Her aunt didn't (a)/ give me (b)/ a minute of peace (c)/No error (d). This question of finding error came into my semester exam, the answer is in part (c) but i didn't get any error in it, Kindly ...
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Help understanding errors from English exam in Cyprus

I had the following questions on an exam: SECTION 1: GENERAL ERRORS The following sentences contain ONE grammatical or vocabulary error that has been underlined. Briefly explain why it is an ...
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Does inserting 'had' between 'they' and 'ever' make this sentence correct ? Or there is no error in the sentence [closed]

Organic pulses are so popular today that people wonder how they ever lived without them.
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What did President Trump mean by “crusty voice”?

Trump recently referred to John McCain as a "crusty voice in Washington." "I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him. He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we ...
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What is wrong with this sentence? “Of all the places he vacationed, Ian's favorite is the time when him and his best friend went to Virginia.”

Of all the places he vacationed, Ian's favorite is the time when him and his best friend went to Virginia. I just was asked in an exam to identify the error in this sentence. I think the error is "is"...
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Mordecai Richler essay - what's the grammar error?

I was reading "Maple Leaf Culture Time", an essay by Mordecai Richler, and came across this page: Here is the text in question, transcribed: Neither is Mavis Gallant included among the more than ...
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motherload – a common mistake or slang word?

I am a bit unsure about how the word "motherload" should be seen – as a common mistake or slang word or both. I've encountered the word the first time in a recent Guardian article, but to my surprise ...
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Is “giddy” derived from “Gid” which was Middle English for “God”?

Recently I posted an answer about the etymology of goodbye, in that answer I included a reference that cited Gid be with you, which was dated 1400-1499. The phrase was mentioned in Diachronic ...
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Is “… microphones don't have cameras” a Freudian slip, intentional, or [sic]? How to tell?

In response to Kellyanne Conway's observations that microwave ovens can turn into cameras: There was an article this week that talked about how you could surveil someone through their phones, ...
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Chairman, chairwoman or chairperson? [closed]

In India, a male public official elected to chair a committee is still called Chairman, while a female official is nowadays called Chairperson. The term 'chairwoman' is never used, but a male official ...
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Is it all right to use the term “infant child” in writing?

(EDITED minimally 5 hours after posting, to apply corrections in terminology suggested by members in comments -- the original question was "is 'infant child' grammatically correct?") Infant is one of ...
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Why do many foreigners forget to say 'it' while speaking English?

"Is often seen -- you know -- these foreign players, they forget to say "it" -- I mean, while speaking in English... is odd to hear, you know... is peculiar, is that how you say? Even I forget to say,...
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Where is the mistake in “It's essential for us to book tickets for the theatre in advance”? [closed]

Find the mistake: It's essential for us to book tickets for the theatre in advance . I see no mistake here, can anybody help me find the mistake?
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Norman Mailer's famous sentence — where is the grammatical error?

The great American novelist Norman Mailer apparently began his rather brilliant novel 'HARLOT's GHOST' with a 'major grammatical error.' The sentence is as follows: "On a late-winter evening in ...
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Which part of the given sentence has an error and why? [closed]

Below is the sentence, divided into four parts: (a) I will try (b) to be on time (c) but do not worry (d) when I am late.
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Which part of the given sentence has an error and why? [closed]

Below is the sentence divided into four parts, indicated as (a), (b), (c), (d): (a) Another baffling change (b)that I notice in him (c) nowadays is that he (d) avoids to speak to me.
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Germanic vs. Germaic [closed]

My son was just describing something as being germaic and I corrected him to say germanic, at which point he pulled up germaic on the internet. Is there any reason to use germaic instead of germanic?...
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Deliberately mispronouncing words

Is there a word for the deliberate mispronunciation of words in order to confuse people, or to start a new trend of pronunciation? Ex. He often tried to impress us with his wit and wordplay, but his ...
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What does the phrase “yet alone” mean?

I cannot find the phrase "yet alone" in any online dictionaries. What does the phrase "yet alone" mean in the following sentences: The fact that small rural communities are often ...
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Difference between “I only have 10 dollar on me and ”I have only 10 dollar on me" [duplicate]

Is there any grammatical correctness in either of these expressions: "I only have 10 dollar on and "I have only 10 dollar on me" ?
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Into which category does the phrase “middle end” fall?

In compiler design, you can sometimes read the phrase middle end. In that context "front end" and "back end" are natural combinations, where "end" denotes the position in the chain and "back/front" ...
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Name for misused idioms

I come across many kinds of English mistakes that fall under the heading of misused idioms and expressions. Here's one I came across completely at random from a gaming forum post. ...the game ...
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Etymology of “marketing:” how/when did it change meaning? [closed]

The best etymology I could find says the definition of marketing has changed like this: 1560s, "buying and selling," verbal noun from market (v.). Meaning "produce bought at a market" is from ...
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What is the correct structure to use in this comparison?

In this sentence: … Richard wrote his book very enthusiastically and elaborately, and thus it was more popular. What should replace the ellipsis? Unlike those of his colleagues Unlike ...
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Is “consumed the marriage” a typo?

I am reading a book that says a man "consumed the marriage", which I presume should be "consummated". I did find an Italian website a using the same expression, although that read like it was written ...
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What is the error called when spaces are placed incorrectly?

He went home , but he forgot his phone .He returned to get it . ^ ^ ^ These are some examples, which nowadays get autocorrected by word ...
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What is the error called when a letter of an abbreviation is spelled out afterwards?

HIV Virus DNS System IRC Chat LCD Display RAID Array These are some examples for this and people do this quite often.
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Use of “hand in” in this sentence [closed]

I've already learned that "hand in" is a phrasal verb that means "submit". But I've also seen this sentence somewhere: "The homework is not hand in on time". I've already checked grammar by several ...
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Difference between homo sapiens and homo sapiens sapiens? [closed]

I know the Latin homo means "human being" or "man", while sapiens means "wise". So, homo sapiens means "wise man." What does our subspecies, homo sapiens sapiens, mean? Is it, "wise man who knows?"
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The expression “Call off” as a meaning of “Postpone” [closed]

As a synonym of "postpone", "call off" can be used. But, I can't understand why "call off" has a meaning of "postpone". Please tell me its origin.
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Is there a typo in this sentence? If not, help me understand it [closed]

I'm having trouble parsing this sentence: (I hope I used "parsing" correctly.) Now, the history of Eliza Doolittle, though called a romance because of the transfiguration it records seems ...
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Is there a linguistic term the type of solecism of using “more X” when “Xer” is the established comparative?

So I posted a joke on Facebook, and one of the peanut gallery chimed in that where I'd used vaster, he would have preferred more vast. Leaving aside the question of whether vaster itself is well-...
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Renumeration vs Remuneration (reimbursed financially), which is correct?

For my entire life, I thought the correct word was Renumeration. But after reading a document that used Remuneration I checked google and apparently I was wrong. The oxford dictionary has a link to ...