The single most misspelled word
I'm talking about "you" and "your".
So often I see one of these words used when the other should be. It's not that the writer doesn't know the correct word, it's just that as they are typing, they miss a letter or add a letter and they rely on spell checkers to catch the error. Which they won't.
Here are the two examples from this morning (I have emphasized the mistake):
1. If your have a local business -- like a service or a store -- you know you MUST have a website.
2. ... but what about you living room?
Other spelling mistakes that a spell checker won't catch:
"the" and "they"
"be" and "by"
"late" and "later"
"best" and "bets"
All occur because of mistyping, but are never caught because they are still proper words - just not the word we intended.
How do you catch these mistakes? Do what professional proofreaders do. Read backwards. That's right. Start with the last word and start reading back to the first word. Your brain isn't anticipating what the next word should be, so it doesn't skip over the incorrect word assuming that since the letters look right that the word must be OK.