Right and Write

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Someone sent you a link to this video because you apparently don’t know the difference between the words right and write. Did you not pay attention back in about the second grade? Okay, fine… maybe it was fifth grade. In any case, if you’re old enough to watch this video, you’re old enough to know when and how to properly use those words.

Right is an adjective that means: in accordance with what is good, proper, or just. An appropriate use of this word would be in a sentence such as: She had the right idea all along..

Write simply means to put letters, words or characters onto something such as paper, by using an instrument such as a pen or pencil. Using this word properly in a sentence is easy: I am going to write out my grocery list before I leave..

Now – how hard was that? Can you please remember the meanings, and use these words the way they are supposed to be?! Seriously…

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14 thoughts on “Right and Write”

  1. You’re absolutely RIGHT. An outrage is appropriate.
    I can’t find the panel in which you invited friends to post their pet peeve(s).
    The one that drives me bonkers is the case of people who put a coat or briefcase on the seat next to them blocking a crowded theater or auditorium. It’s not even that they are saving a seat (that is understandable). It’s just that they don’t want to consider the fact that someone else may need to find a seat. Inconsiderate bastards! Aargh!

  2. It’s good to know I’m not alone in the crusade to abolish misspellings of EASY WORDS and random punctuation, like the unnecessary apostrophe that keeps showing up where it’s not welcome.

    “I love you’re sight!”
    “Hey, want some sherbert?”
    “Do you have ant’s in your pant’s?”

    Keep fighting, friend 🙂

  3. don’t forget ” wright ” as well as in the two men who are known as Orville and Wilbur . great stuff Chris !

  4. Don’t get me started… People seem to mix up there, they’re, and their. Fortunately it’s only noticeable when written, so my biggest pet peeve is when they say “Him and I” or “Her and I” as the subject of a sentence. (e.g., Him and I are going to the store.)
    On that note, they also mix up e.g. (which means, “for example”) with i.e. (which literally means, “that is.”)
    Of course, we all make typos. I remember reviewing a document which contained the words “hunnerd” and “maintence” several times. They really meant to use “hundred” and “maintenance”. When I asked the author if he spell checked the document, he said he had but was surprised that he had to add “hunnerd” and “maintence” to the dictionary!

  5. Pet peeves on grammar.Two big errors that I see. (1) Using “a” instead of “an”. Example:I ate a apple. I here some of the biggest talk show people do this and even news cast announcers now! (2) “PIN number” The N in PIN means number so PIN number is redundant. Similar mistakes: VIN number (for cars); ATM machine; and around the year 2000: the “year Y2K”

  6. Personally, I don’t think it matters much if someone uses correct spelling or not… As long as they are able to get the spelling somewhat close as to allow the reader to understand what they are trying too say….lol

    If people feel the need to correct someone’s spelling then most likly they are the unintellegent ones…maybe the person is purposely mispelling words such as I am now, maybe the java script screan isn’t keeping up with the typing, or maybe the person writing simply doesn’t believe that there is someone out their that would put so much weight on the way someone spells. O.K. so the person writing doesn’t know the correct spelling or doesn’t put that much effort into it, or maybe just doesn’t have the time to proof read what they wrote… does this effect my life at all? will my day be ruined because someoe misspelled something or left a letter out? Or will my world come crashing down and all life seece to exsist if someone misspeels a word? I’m guess NO, and I’m thinking that correcting someones spelling is not only a waste of my time, but what would I have to gain by insulting someone’s intellegents? I’m thinking nothing… So since nothing good would come of correcting someone, and no harm was done by the misspelled word(s)….why are we even making it a topic? Oh that’s right ! only to waste time, wish I had myself had more time to waste on this, however fun that it was writing on the topic.


  7. That’s great! Do you have videos for to, too, and two? How about their, they’re and there? Your and you’re? It’s and its? Yes, every once in a while, I will catch myself making a stupid mistake when typing something really fast, but I find it really annoying when people consistently use the wrong word(s). Thank you!

  8. Enjoying your grammar lessons.

    The two most misused words, for sure, are using *too* instead of *also*.
    That is, John is going home and I am going home too. “Too” means too much of something; in excess. “Also” means in addition to, and is the word that should be used.
    You will hear this mistake a hundred times every day as it is made by newscasters, in the written press, and just about everywhere there is english.

    Another common mistake is “I won’t be going there any more.”
    The corrected words are: “I won’t be going there any longer.”

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  9. Misplaced apostrophies drive me craxy also. Another of my pet peeves is the misuse of I, me, and myself, especially when paired with him, her, she, or he. I never use “myself” as I am not sure of its proper usage, but I do recognize when it is used incorrectly. I am positive that “myself and him went skiing” is wrong!

    Still another – I’ve noticed lately that the word”up” is commonly used as “meet up with”. I seem to remember that I was taught that was not correct. Anybody know the answer to that?

  10. Pirillo needs to relax and/or get back on his meds. To assume that someone might sloppily write “right” instead of “write” because that person doesn’t know the difference in meaning and needs schooling from him is borderline bizarre. I don’t care how many times I proof things I’ve written – later, I will find errors that jump out at me. I am chagrined and chastised, but not surprised. Homonym mistakes abound in writing. That’s why we have proofreaders; rabid scolds are a different issue.

    Consider that in this posting, Pirillo put two periods on the end of two of his sentences. Should I assume he doesn’t know how to use periods, which punctuation usage was taught in second or fifth grade, and should I call him an idiot and hold up pieces of paper proving it? That would be… an indictment of my sanity credentials, which I am not prepared to relinquish just for him. Or maybe he meant to use ellipses, but doesn’t know how to count to three, taught in first grade or preschool.

    My final comment. I don’t worry so much about people who mistype homonyms because they’re sloppy or rushed. I worry about wordy people writing excessively as, “An appropriate use of this word would be in a sentence such as” when “A proper use of ‘right ‘is:” suffices. What in god’s name are “would be” and “such as” doing in that sentence? The sentence is as it is. It doesn’t need to be would bed or such ased over ladened clunky.

  11. I think everyone should have the right to write, but should at least write right. I mean, if one cannot write right, then what is left? (Hint: The answer is right there on the left, and rightly so!)

    I mean, if one doesn’t write right, then one is writing wrong, and we all know that wrongs must be made right. If you write wrong, then you must right the wrong by writing right, for if the writing is wrong without being righted, you may lose the right to write. Then it will be impossible to right the wrong, right?

    Am I right? Wrong? Words? Write? Left? Right?
    Sound off One…Two………THREE FOUR!

    Yes, I need to get a life, but I’m greedy – I want two…I want the right life and I want the write life. Would that be so wrong?

    Quick! Find a priest to give me last rites! :-p


    It does lightly disturb me to see verbal faux pas in the written word, but I try not to let it bother me too much, unless it is so bad that the message is obfuscated.

    The only time I take real exception to it is when these acts are committed by those who “profess” to be writers. If one is going to write material or articles meant to be published and read by many, then one should avail ones self of spell checkers and proof reading and, if necessary, ones high school English teacher for grammatical accuracy.

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