seperate vs separate

PeterDuke wrote on 11/9/2012, 3:18 AM
I see "seperate" so often in this forum that I am starting to get used to the spelling. I am surprised that a search over the last 6 months only came up with 8 threads; it seems more.

I know - there are worse things in life. I just hope this post stems the flow a bit so I don't get converted. My spelling is bad enough already.


ushere wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:43 AM
i'm glad you started a separate thread for this.....

TheHappyFriar wrote on 11/9/2012, 6:07 AM
quick, call the gramer police!
Grazie wrote on 11/9/2012, 6:20 AM
Would that be Kelsey Grammer?
vkmast wrote on 11/9/2012, 6:22 AM
This is getting crazier than Jim Cramer...hope Grazie gets here too :)
edit: he already did ...
Christian de Godzinsky wrote on 11/9/2012, 6:42 AM
Add "viola" vs. "voilà" on the list...


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paul_w wrote on 11/9/2012, 7:17 AM
If Firefox spell check is anything to go by - separate is correct, seperate is not. And yes, there are more important things in life! :)

Kimberly wrote on 11/9/2012, 7:46 AM
Add "viola" vs. "voilà" on the list...

C'est dommage, n'est-ce que pas?
set wrote on 11/9/2012, 7:49 AM
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musicvid10 wrote on 11/9/2012, 8:52 AM
My current favorite (a la Craigslist), "Hugh" vs. "Huge"
jnielsen7 wrote on 11/9/2012, 9:08 AM
I always used to spell it wrong (i.e. 'seperate') until I discovered that the etymology of the word stems from the word 'pare' as in "to pare down" (synonymous with "(to) whittle") which is a sePAR(E)ating of one thing from another.

The Online Etymology Dictionary is my favorite dictionary on the entire earth:


Yay for etymology!
Kimberly wrote on 11/9/2012, 9:39 AM
The Online Etymology Dictionary is my favorite dictionary on the entire earth:

Love it! I do informal tutoring with one my Chuukese crew who wants to improve his English and understanding of idiomatic expressions. This will help. In the 7-odd years I have know him, he has gone from never saying anything in English to never shuttting up in English. Very cool.
Barry W. Hull wrote on 11/9/2012, 10:36 AM
your and you're
Chienworks wrote on 11/9/2012, 10:57 AM

---- edit ----

LOL. Well, so much for that link. the censored word is the 's' 't' 'u' 'p' 'i' 'd' one.
john_dennis wrote on 11/9/2012, 11:05 AM
By searching, I found that I was guilty once in 2009 in this thread. I fixed it.
JJKizak wrote on 11/9/2012, 11:57 AM
One of my promises when elected President is to correct the English language as far as there will be no two words spelled the same with different meanings. But all you dictionary corporations I can be boughted.
vtxrocketeer wrote on 11/9/2012, 2:29 PM
Wouldn't two words spelled identically be the same word? :P Sorry, I'm not voting for you.
riredale wrote on 11/9/2012, 3:25 PM
Incorrect spelling is definately (definitely) one of my pet peeves.

I guess many people don't know what a spell checker is.
Chienworks wrote on 11/9/2012, 3:31 PM
Thus sentence past them spill chuck faction wish flaying colanders. Their is knot won shingle miss spilled wort inn it.

Sea Howe handsome eh spill chucker is?
Guy S. wrote on 11/9/2012, 4:47 PM
<<Incorrect spelling is definately (definitely) one of my pet peeves>>

Your lucky, I can't keep pets where I live.

I mean you're...
Serena wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:07 PM
>>>>>>>two words spelled identically be the same word<<<<<

Lead is used in bullets. In this park dogs must be on a lead.

Grazie wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:15 PM
Dogs are led on a lead.


Geoff_Wood wrote on 11/9/2012, 6:00 PM
But it's the little things that count ......2....5.....3....89......

While we're at it "a lot" is two words.

"Less" relates to amount, "Fewer" relates to number.

and, um, .....

Geoff_Wood wrote on 11/9/2012, 6:05 PM
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