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September 25th, 2005

Opps!

If there’s one word people spell incorrectly that surprises me the most, it’s “oops.” The very fact that one can take a logically spelled word and mess it up amazes me. I mean, if you’re spelling “Oooooooo,” you use a bunch of o’s. So how could “oops” be spelled any other way?

Yet, I’ve seen multiple people misspell “oops” as “opps.” And to me, it’s just so painfully obvious… I mean, one is “oops” and the other sounds like “special ops.” Even worse: one of the people that consistently spelled it wrong was one of my high school English teachers. I pointed it out to her every time she spelled it wrong… so often, in fact, that she alluded to it when she signed my yearbook. Crazy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a popp.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Sunday September 25, 2005 -- 12:56:28 pm
People who misspell oops are obviously stoppid.




FROM: Monica
DATE: Sunday September 25, 2005 -- 4:38:56 pm
in a way, it's a charming extension of the mistake they're referencing.



FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday September 25, 2005 -- 9:40:56 pm
It bothers me when people misspell "etc." as ect. Arghhhhhh!



FROM: Dan
DATE: Monday November 7, 2005 -- 4:33:57 pm
I was just searching the web for instances where people spell oops incorrectly, when I came across this blog. Here are some websites that show you just how often this word is misspelled:

http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5172
http://plone.org/documentation/how-to/hiding-the-members-links/talkback/1124138058/discussionitem_view
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/13/messages/1111.html
http://scifiville.typepad.com/space_craft/2005/03/opps.html
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-mobile/2000Sep/0010.html
http://crumpledpapers.com/
http://www.fatfree.com/archive/1999/sep/msg00251.html



FROM: Abbey
DATE: Monday May 8, 2006 -- 7:30:19 pm
It bothers me when people misspell anything and then I get called rude for probably having a mild case of OCD about it and correcting them. It's really sad.



FROM: aanen
DATE: Tuesday June 27, 2006 -- 7:44:17 pm
another word that people spell wrong is "alot". It is actually 2 words, "a lot"



Paul September 25, 2006, 9:28 pm

It’s been a year since this classic Ping, and I think we ought to stop by and thank it for existing.

Paul September 25, 2007, 4:30 pm

We should celebrate its second anniversary too.

Haapy opps daay!

Laura November 23, 2008, 12:05 pm

Just saw it misspelled AGAIN. I just don’t get it.

Marcus January 14, 2009, 2:10 am

WOW. It never ceases to amaze me. I have seen this done so many times and it is frustrating to no end. Another spelling gaffe that got to me was when my ex-girlfriend would misspell “motivated” as “modavated”. Part of me thought it was kinda cute though so I never corrected her.

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