30 People Whose Brain.exe Stopped Working And They Forgot How To Use The English Language
Sometimes, even the best of us hvae tourble seplling. Other times, we forget even the most basic, ummm, what were they called? Mouth sounds? Pen squiggles? Words!
30 People Whose Brain.exe Stopped Working And They Forgot How To Use The English Language
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Sometimes, even the best of us hvae tourble seplling. Other times, we forget even the most basic, ummm, what were they called? Mouth sounds? Pen squiggles? Words! It’s nothing to be ashamed of and, if we can learn to laugh at ourselves for messing up, it’s a great source of entertainment for our friends… and the internet.

Bored Panda has collected the funniest times that people forgot how to use the English language online and this resulted in some giggle-worthy moments. Have a look, upvote your fave mistakes and hilarious moments, and let us know in the comments which words you have the most problems spelling, dear Pandas. (For me, Massachusetts is hard to spell but Mississippi is easy.) Check out our earlier post about the times that people had no idea how to spell ‘quarantine’ correctly, too.

Dr. Lisa McLendon from the University of Kansas School of Journalism and the Coordinator at the Bremner Editing Center explained to Bored Panda why we sometimes forget basic words, why we tend to have trouble spelling correctly, and what we can do to improve. Scroll down for our full interview with her.

Dr. McLendon told Bored Panda that forgetting words is more of a cognitive question than one of grammar or language. “People forget words (and other information) all the time and it’s not a sign of deeper memory problems, it just means they have a temporary blip in ‘retrieval.’ Not surprisingly, this happens more if someone’s tired or stressed out or distracted.”

According to the News and Information Track Chair at the University of Kansas, our troubles with spelling are related to us living in the modern world where a lot of the checking and editing is done for us.

“Because spell-check and autocorrect are everywhere, what seems to be the biggest problem is words that are spelled correctly but aren’t the right word, like ‘form’ instead of ‘from,’ ‘it’s’ instead of ‘its,’ or ‘defiantly’ instead of ‘definitely.’”

Dr. McLendon gave us a couple of tips that can help us improve if we’re embarrassed by our spelling mistakes.

“Read carefully over what you’ve written, to make sure you—or autocorrect—didn’t use the wrong word or misuse an apostrophe. Know yourself well enough to know where you usually make mistakes. For instance, I frequently type ‘form’ when I mean ‘from,’ so whenever I finish a document, I do a search for ‘form’ so I can catch the wrong usages,” she said.

“If your writing is going to be seen by a broader audience, have someone else read over it. When you’ve written something, your brain already knows what you’re thinking and what you meant to say, even if you didn’t actually say it.So when you read your own writing, you unconsciously fill in missing words, skip over typos, fail to see ambiguity, etc.”

The expert continued: “Another person, someone who sees only what’s on the page and not what’s in your head, can help you spot mistakes and improve your writing. This is especially important if you are carving something in stone or getting a tattoo with words in it.”

Conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, and dysgraphia can affect people’s spelling and it takes lots of dedication to overcome these challenges. Keep in mind that nobody’s making fun of people who have genuine trouble spelling—it’s a completely different topic altogether.

But plenty of people without any conditions mess up when it comes to English, too, and it can lead to some genuinely funny situations. However, nobody should be embarrassed about making spelling mistakes. They’re a great way to improve and we only fail if we give up on growing.

Case in point—I used to mess up writing ‘embarrassed’ but my teacher taught me that an easy way to remember the spelling is that when you’re embarrassed, you’re so red that it doubles the r’s and the s’s.

Funnily enough, the word ‘embarrassment’ was the most difficult word to spell for British people, according to Word Counter (odds are, you've used their word counting program if you've ever written an essay for school or college).

Some other hard-to-spell words for Brits were fluorescent, accommodate, psychiatrist, and occasionally. Darn those inconsistent double consonants!

Meanwhile, some of the main words that Americans asked Google how to spell correctly include grey, definitely, pneumonia, appreciate, Hanukkah, and restaurant.

Comments (63)
I was at a meat counter and forgot the word breast so I asked for "chicken boobs".
Mark Fuller
Reminds me of when I asked my other half if they wanted roast chicken or roast lamb for Sunday lunch. Courtesy of a complete brain fart, the word "lamb" was remarkably absent from my vocabulary and had to be replaced with, "sheeplet". Which, on reflection, makes more sense and is waaaay more cute. Pigs give birth to piglets. So why not?
mph seti
A misspelling I notice all the time is "rouge" for "rogue". Spellcheck never catches that typo, lol.
Vincent Philippart
In everyone's defense, english spelling is a mess. No rhyme or reason, seemingly random letters coding for random sounds.
Peter Bear
It's actually interesting how good our brains are at finding alternate ways to describe things. 'Arm hinge', for instance, is a quite clever description of the elbow joint. And I laughed way harder than I should have at 'breathen't' for asthma. Spot on.
moonlight ray
My sister forgot the word for rabbit, so she said "the animal with reverse-Buddha ears; instead of long and dangly, they're long and upright" XD
Jon S.
A lot of people think spelling words well is connected to intelligence. It isn't, it is more like remembering faces. Some people are just good remembering who's who and think its odd you don't remember this actor was also in that other film. Same with words, the people who are good at spelling do it so instinctively they cannot fathom how other people cannot. Those who are poor with words have to remember loads of little tricks to get the spelling done, the simplest being to 'say' a word in our head. Of course that doesn't work well in English where nothing is spelt like it sounds. It makes things slow, taxing and leads to frequent mistakes.
Adrienne Gallo-Girard
My husband had a brain injury at a young age and still forgets words. He refers to foals as "pony puppies."
I'm always mowing the living room and vacuuming the yard.
kathryn stretton
Saw on some site once that a Starbucks customer said his name was Marc with a 'c'. Coffee came marked Cark.
Esca Sav
My niece and I forgot the word for knees in Polish. We were trying to ask our family what it was, but they didn't speak English so essentially this ended up with two stale white breads slapping their knees in front of elderly men to figure out what they were called... in front of a sea of random people all staring at us.
Kim Chapman
I ask my husband to get me a xylophone folder from the office supply store. He was perplexed until we figured out I meant "accordion" folder.
I have MS so I often forget words, and the other day I couldn't remember what toenails were called so I ended up posting about my newly painted "toe claws" on FB lol
I feel like a lot of these are fake. Or like it's a meme and never meant to be taken as real in the first place. It's that same structure of mistpbelling a couple of times then getting it right. Mispellening missspeln misspelen mincespel wordn't
While breastfeeding my daughter, I would ask her if she wanted boob juice to differentiate it from regular milk. Mama milk and cow milk hadn't occurred to me. Now my ESL husband calls breastmilk boob juice ?
After days without sleep I forgot the word microscope. I said, you know, it’s that machine that you look in, and it turns little things big.
The sheer amount of people apparently unable to write the most simple words baffles me
My girlfriend actually said ‘lowercase backwards b’. She ment ‘d’
Lisa Shaw
My favorite was a foreign visitor forgetting the word cutlery at a restaurant and asking the waitress for "food weapons"!
It works with every language. I did no made a spelling mistake but a whole word mistake. I went to Sicily and we went a lot to a very good restaurant owned by sweet people, one time i was full and wanted nothing else after my main course. The waiter asked me and i just came out with a "basta!" as i don't speak italian. I almost killed him by laugh with that answer. Now i know it's very rude, but i didn't know until i used it, thankfully with the right people.
Rosetta Tse
one time, at work someone complimented another on his new hair cut. He said 'Please, call it a hair adjustment'.
I remember when one of my coworkers has wrote to me "my spelling is aweful today". Well, now, aweful is my word for everything that's worst than awful. Also I've got message saying to check the proice :D
I forget common words frequently, maybe once a week. It is a constant source of amusement for my son. I can usually work my way around to it, "Innagin, Innagram, Instagin? Just tell me what's it called! [he never will]. Intergram? Instagram!! Instagram!!"
Sherbaan Naab
I was chatting up this girl: 'So, how long have you been actressing?'
Phunny Philosopher
My daughter: "can't reach" is a ladder or footstool.
Lisa T
When my son was about 3-4, he couldn’t remember the word “tomorrow” so would say “up in the morning after this last bedtime”. He’s an adult now and we still say his phrase sometimes for “tomorrow”
These had me laughing like crazy!
A teacher talking to my class at age 12 (& I'm American - so no good excuse here): "Some people think The Star Spangled Banner starts with the words: "Jose, can you see?" Me: Laughing really hard (rolling eyes suspiciously).
I feel personally attacked ...
devi L.
English isn't everyone's first language so ppl should make fun although some are funny and two friends can get a good laugh out of an error
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