These People Butchered Words So Badly That The English Teachers Of America Let Out A Collective Groan

English isn’t everyone’s best subject, but I like to believe that we all left school with an understanding of how to spell the most basic words. But then again, we all still struggle to know the difference between they’re, their, and there.

We’re not saying that everyone to be expert spellers. We’re just asking you to try a little harder. You don’t have to be the grade six spelling bee champion to know that “coughing” is something your body does, not that big wood box you bury the dead in. Open up that spell check app or carry around a mini dictionary. In the end, it will save you from embarrassment.

Clean Up In I’ll Five

Either these Home Depot carts full of products are meant to go back to each respective aisle, or someone is already taking responsibility for each cart. Maybe they’re saying “I’ll take this back to aisle 8.”

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Photo credit: owenh8 / Reddit

We can’t know for sure, but I think we can assume it’s the first option.

23 And Potpourri

This is probably the worst mistake you can make. If you misspell something, at least double check that it doesn’t mean a very different word.

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Photo credit: farragotron / Reddit

And if you’ve already opened the dictionary app to find out that incest means a sexual relationship between family members, then just take the time to flip to the word incense.

Off To My Favorite Italian Restaurant

I can’t think of a casual Italian dining chain I love more than Olive Garden. Their unlimited breadsticks are basically the highlight of any Tuesday night out. If this girl is old enough to Snapchat, then she should be old enough to pay Olive Garden the respect it deserves.

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Photo credit: Imgur

That’s Probably Why She ‘Dorviced’ Him

I hate to break it to this guy, but Rosemary isn’t coming back and it probably has something to do with your spelling skills. I’m sure it wasn’t the only reason, but I think if my partner couldn’t even spell ‘paper’ correctly, it would start to bother me.

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Photo credit: Berson932 / Reddit

She probably hasn’t signed the divorce papers yet because no one has edited them.

So Close, Yet So Far

This one makes you cringe a little extra because it was printed in a newspaper. That means this headline crossed a writer, photographer, copy editor, and chief editor’s desk before print.

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Photo credit: @youhadonejob1 / Twitter

It keeps getting worse though when you realize they spelled ‘ambidextrous’ right in the article itself.

What Is A Synonym For Cinnamon?

A synonym is a word that means the same thing as another word. Cinnamon is a spice. I would have given this girl some credit if “synonym” was a synonym for the word she meant, but it’s clear that this is just a blatant mistake.

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Photo credit: @badgalzak / Twitter

I Love Chicken Parma Jawn

This is probably the parmesan container you get on the table at All Of Garden. First, they disrespect my favorite Italian eatery, and now they disrespect the King of Cheeses.

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Photo credit: rushinglac / Reddit

The Italian person that discovered parmesan could be grated and sprinkled on everything didn’t die to have their vision destroyed.

You Can’t Spell When Your Mouth Is On Fire

New food words can be intimidating, especially when they’re not in your native language. I have no idea how to spell that one obscure French dessert that’s basically a pile of pastries covered in caramel (I Googled it, it’s called a croquembouche.)

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Photo credit: @kristenmcewanx / Twitter

But jalapeño is pretty common in North America. Even if you don’t use the fancy ‘ñ,’ you should have a good guess on how to spell it.

They Were Supposed To Do A Project On Euthanasia

I swear this seems to be an issue every time a teacher decides to make euthanasia a topic for the end of the year project. Newsflash — grade six is too early to grasp the topic of assisted suicide. The only hope here is that they managed to use the colon correctly. Their English teacher hasn’t rolled over yet.

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Photo credit: @johnnnn_d / Twitter

I’m In Toddler Ant Of Bad Spelling

I actually think I’m going to start using the phrase “in toddler ants” when I’m frustrated with something. It has a certain ring to it that is much more fun than just saying ‘intolerant.’

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Photo credit: @VivaKhalifa / Twitter

For example, I’m in toddler ants of people who chew with their mouth open at All Of Garden.

It Means You Have To Go Immediately

This stop sign has been knocked sideways because no one can understand what the directions mean. It should say that incoming traffic has the ‘right of way,’ but people might take it that incoming traffic has to go as soon as it gets to the intersection.

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Photo credit: foshofersher / Imgur

Overall, it’s a disaster that some unqualified city council member let happen.

So Cultured

This tweet has to be the ultimate irony. They’re talking about being impressed with their own language skills, but they can’t even figure out how to spell “bilingual.” Maybe they should have worked on mastering their first language before being able to translate the second one.

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Photo credit: @deadpistols / Twitter

Don’t Forget The Q For Queso

If this person had just messed up the order of the letter in BLT, then it would be fine, but they went in a totally different direction.

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Photo credit: @vyzeeboy / Twitter

Now, I know that there are many BLT variations out there, but I can’t imagine what ‘G’ food you could add to this sandwich. Maybe gruyere cheese? Grapes? Garlic?

This Is The Last Thing I Need

So mistaking “coughing” and “coffin” is hilarious, but I think there’s something bigger to unpack here. How was this person so severely misdiagnosed that they had prepared their funeral?

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Photo credit: UnevenSeal / Reddit

They were so prepared for their death, and now there is just a random coffin in their living room that’s been turned into a clothing rack.

If You Can Spell ‘Persuasive’ Then You Can Spell ‘Essay’

The best part of this is that the person who posted it online said this happened while they were in college. Somehow, this guy made it all the way to college without using the word “essay.” But on the flip side, he has no issue typing out the word “persuasive.” Something doesn’t add up here.

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Photo credit: TLagPro / Reddit

No, But You’re Habla Gated To Learn How To Spell

Have you ever messed up the spelling of a word so bad that someone doesn’t even think it’s English? Not only does “Habla gated” sound Spanish, it actually is. “Habla” means “speaks.”

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Photo credit: Twitter

This person managed to mess up a word so perfectly it somehow makes a bit of sense in another language.

It’s Either Homemade Or Specially Made By The Local Prostitute

I honestly can’t tell if this is a spelling mistake or a serious sign. If you’re selling apple butter on the side of a country road, it’s probably homemade.

home made apple butter sign
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Photo credit: TheologyOfficial / Reddit

On the other hand, if a prostitute made the apple butter, the side of the road would be the only place they could sell it.

Spell It Whatever Way You Want As Long As They’re Okay

It’s one thing to misspell a word and have no clue that you completely butchered it. But this person knew that they had absolutely no idea how to spell “seizure” and just did the best they could.

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Photo credit: i_thewitchfinder / Reddit

They put in the effort to get the message across and was humble about their terrible spelling skills. You can’t be mad about that.

Even Macaulay Caulkin Can’t Handle This One

Poor Macaulay Caulkin has been through so much. Yes, his name isn’t exactly easy to spell, but he’s been gracing our screens for more than thirty years. You’d think that American society would have it figured out by now.

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Photo credit: @Bbillions / @SydneyWientjes / Twitter

He’s finally got his life back on track after The Pizza Underground split up. Just let Macaulay Caulkin live his best life.

I Feel Like This Is The One Word You Shouldn’t Mess Up

In retrospect, misspelling coffin, divorce, and aisle aren’t that bad when you compare it to “Holocaust.” It was a tragedy that took the lives of millions of innocent people.

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Photo credit: @614ayub / Twitter

It may have happened more than 70 years ago, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make sure to at least get the spelling right when we pay tribute.