Widespread ‘typos’ in our daily lives are usually ignored; we’ve either stopped noticing them or we’ve already adopted them in our own speech. When you do keep noticing, you can either go around correcting people like an English teacher (and be detested for it) or post it on your blog (and get disapproving comments—oh well!).
Take the following paragraph:
“My hairs are very dry in the winters and I trim them with a scissor. I’ve been eating buttery popcorns at the women committee, where I wore red pant with black boot. They served Hi Tea and we enjoyed. My friends are social, from elite class. My children were having tution so I was free to get blowdry at beautyparlors saloon. I wore a couture dress straight off the ramp, made from choffone stuff to the danceparty and added a spritz of my new cologne.”
If that looked OK to you, then you might want to continue reading a sampling of common grammatical/punctuation/terminology blunders or, simply, words that have been culturally adapted to express alternative meanings within our social context.
Incorrect: There are many weddings held in the winters.
Correct: There are many weddings held in the winter.
Incorrect: My hairs are thick and glossy.
Correct: My hair is thick and glossy.
Incorrect: I like eating popcorns.
Correct: I like eating popcorn.
Incorrect: Women wing. Women bank.
Correct: Women’s wing. Women’s bank.
Incorrect: The boot.
Incorrect: Wide legged pant.
Correct: Wide legged pants.
Incorrect: May I borrow a scissor?
Correct: May I borrow a pair of scissors?
Incorrect: The Hi-Tea was delicious.
Correct: The high tea was delicious.
Incorrect: Tution centre.
Correct: Tuition centre.
Incorrect: She is having a degree in sociology.
Correct: She has a degree in sociology.
Incorrect: We enjoyed.
Correct: We enjoyed ourselves.
Incorrect: She is social.
Correct: She is a socialite.
Local context: Fashion catwalk/runway.
Otherwise: Inclined floors for the disabled.
Local context: Regular women’s gathering for a money pool mingled with hosted entertainment.
Otherwise: A group of people working together for a specific purpose.
Local context: Any clothes that aren’t mass-produced.
Otherwise: High-end fashion produced by a select group of high end fashion houses that fulfill specific criteria to be designated couturiers.
Local context: Kameez.
Otherwise: Kids and women’s dresses and gowns.
Local context: Dress.
Otherwise: A dress or coat that usually billows out from the waist (‘party frock,’ ‘frock-coat’).
Local context: Fabric.
Otherwise: Slang for ‘things.’
Local context: An example of ‘stuff.’
Local context: Anybody who can speak English.
Otherwise: The world’s most privileged billionaires and aristocrats.
Danceparty (morphed into 1 word)
Local context: A party where there’s a dance floor.
Otherwise: A party with dancing.
Beautyparlour (morphed into 1 word)
Local context: A beauty parlour.
Otherwise: A salon.
Local context: A salon.
Otherwise: A wild west bar.
Men’s Perfume, Women’s Cologne
When shopping for perfume or cologne, you might want to specify gender; otherwise you might be given a selection of perfume for men and cologne for women.