Even the smartest of us slip up sometimes.

Correctica, a new tool that scans websites for errors that spell checkers might miss, has picked up a whole bunch of common phrases people are getting wrong regularly.

Are you doing any of these?

…is actually “sneak peek”, but you’d be surprised at how many people make this error. A peak is a mountain, a peek is a cheeky little glimpse. This error was found on Oxford University’s site, so don’t worry if you’ve slipped up here, too – apparently even the scholars do.

Keep those on your feet, please! The correct phrase is “shoo-in”, meaning a sure thing, but a lot of people get this wrong. Think shooing a fly away, except shooing someone or something into victory. 

The proper phrase isn’t too far from this – “first come, first served” – but that tiny little D at the end makes all the difference, changing the meaning of the phrase completely. Harvard and Yale both got this one wrong.

Sit down while we tell you that the correct phrase is actually “deep-seated”, implying that it’s firmly in place. Like many of these others, it sounds the same (or very similar) when spoken aloud, but don’t be fooled!


Here’s a total crime against grammar which a lot of people commit regularly! “I could care less” implies that you still do care a bit, when in fact what you’re trying to say is that whatever the issue is is no longer of consequence to you. So the phrase to use is “I couldn’t care less”. This one seems obvious, but is an error commonly made.

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