ten common errors.

by Janetha on April 4, 2012

in random rambles,recipes

hello and welcome to wednesday.

my ear is still plugged up! the left one. i tried lots of home remedies but nothing seems to help. if someone can come over to my house with a drill, please head over immediately. i miss hearing.

i worked a full day today! okay, i worked six hours.. but that is a whole lot more than monday and tuesday combined, so i am counting it as a whole day.

even though i can’t taste, i have made sure to eat like a responsible adult. chocolate peanut butter banana protein shake and bran flakes for breakfast, homemade chicken noodle soup with akmak crackers for lunch, and ten million things as after work snacks. honeycrisp apple with peanut butter, a rice cake with strawberry cream cheese, a whole bunch of the apple almond cinnamon trail mix i made yesterday, a few hunks of sprouted baguette with cottage cheese, and two popsicles. balanced snacking at its best, right? right.

dinner was super flavorful. this was my attempt to actually taste something, and i must say i did taste a hint of flavor in the meal. maybe my tongue is coming around. that’s more than i can say for my left ear, i suppose. i made crock pot kung pao chicken. it was a shorter crock pot recipe, not one of those all-dayers, so i actually put it together after work and it was ready right around 8 o’clock AKA our dinnertime.

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makes 4 generous servings
adapted from danica’s recipe


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced into 1″ cubes
  • 3 T sherry cooking wine
  • 3 T oyster sauce
  • 3 T ketchup
  • 3 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 T mirin
  • 1/2 T chili pepper sauce (sriracha) – or more if you like spicy
  • one 8 oz can pineapple tidbits with juice
  • 1 T corn starch dissolved in 2 T water
  • 1/4 c – 3/4 c chicken broth *if needed, see directions
  • 1.5 – 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, chopped
  • ~15 baby carrots, chopped
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped
  • one 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts
  • brown rice or quinoa for serving
  • cashews (roasted, salted, & chopped) for garnish (optional)


  1. whisk together sherry, oyster sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, mirin, and chili pepper sauce.
  2. add chicken and stir to coat.
  3. pour chicken and sauce into crock pot. add can of pineapple with juice.
  4. cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours until chicken is almost completely cooked through. cook time may vary depending on how small your chicken is diced and your crock pot’s temperature.
  5. add corn starch to crock pot and stir well.
  6. add vegetables and water chestnuts to crock pot and stir so sauce coats everything well.
  7. here is where you will add the chicken broth. depending on your veggies-to-sauce ratio, you may want a little more liquid in the pot. i added about 1/2 cup because we like it saucy.. the amount you add is up to you.
  8. cook for an additional 20-30 minutes on high until vegetables are crisp tender.
  9. serve over rice or quinoa and garnish with cashews, if desired.

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this was a really quick and easy dish to make after work. the chicken cooked while i was at the gym. i’m trying to take it easy over here, being sick and all, but when i sit at a desk all day i really just need to move in SOME way. i did a light shoulder workout and 20 minutes on the elliptical. when i got home from my mellow gym session i added the veggies, cooked the quinoa, and in less than a half hour it was time to eat!

i calculated the nutritional information based on the recipe making four servings and did not include the rice/quinoa or cashews in the calculations. here are the stats for the chicken, sauce, & veggies only:

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if you add 1/2 oz cashews and 1/2 cup quinoa to the dish like i did, the stats will be this:

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pretty great stats no matter how you decide to eat it.

i am thinking i need some more arctic zero cookies and cream for dessert. or more popsicles. or both.

so! about the title.

i was trying to type the word “guarantee” today and had to backspace more than twice. it is just one of those words that, no matter how many times i write or type it, i just can’t get right the first time! this had me thinking about all the common errors i see when reading things online every day.

these common errors tend to get under my skin a bit because i am a weirdo like that, but i will be the first to admit that i make common errors in my writing all the time! heck, there are probably a lot of errors in this very post. i am no exception and i am sure some of my writing has gotten under your skin sometime or another. in fact, for the first 20 some odd years of my life, i thought “tongue” was spelled “tounge”. yep. fact. what’s wrong with me? also, i write in all lowercase, and i know this bothers people. they tell me.

so, in the name of all things nerdy, i thought i would list ten of the most common errors i see that really just make me cringe. remember, this is all in fun, and i said before that i often make my own grammar and spelling errors.. so read this with a light heart.. mmmk?

1. using “of” instead of “have”: could of, should of, would of SHOULD BE could have, should have, would have.

i get why this happens.. people are taking the contraction “should’ve” and turning it into “should of”.. but think a minute about what you are trying to say before you type of. you clearly mean HAVE.

2. correctly using an apostrophe in “it’s”.

this one is tricky since when we usually want to show possession, we use an apostrophe. example: “this is janetha’s blog.” however, when using the word “it” in a possessive context, you leave out the apostrophe. example: “the blog is known for its grammatical errors.”

the right time to use an apostrophe is when you are using it as a contraction for “it is” or “it has”. example: “it’s the most ridiculous blog.” or “it’s been a great day.”

got it? good.

3. “a lot” is not one word.

just… NO. sure, you say the words “a” and “lot” together often, but that does not make them one word. you don’t lump “a” and “little” into alittle, so please don’t type alot.

4. work out vs workout.

you went to work out. it was a stellar workout. there is a difference. take note.

5. the term “as per usual”–it is either “as usual” or “per usual”.. pick one.

if you say both.. it’s like saying “as as usual”. it’s redundant. just pick one or the other, not both.

6. one and the same, not one in the same.

this isn’t one i read too often, but it happens. an easy mistake to make since it’s not a very common saying. anyway, it’s one and the same.. not IN.

7. who’s vs. whose

another pesky contraction. lots of times i read the word “who’s” where “whose” should be written. if you are using “who’s”, simply replace the words “who is” in there (since it is a contraction) and see if it makes any sense. example: “whose blog is your favorite?” <–in that sentence, “who’s” makes no sense, because it would be saying: “who is blog is your favorite?” see? nonsense.

8. the many misspellings of definitely.

spell it with me now: D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y. not definately, definitley, or any other slaughtered spelling of the word.

9. saying unthaw when you really mean defrost or thaw.

i think i hear this said more than see it written, but every time it makes me laugh. if you are unthawing something, then you would essentially be freezing it. right? right. think about it.

10. couldn’t leave this off the list: using the wrong kind of your/you’re.

it’s safe to say this is the most misused word out there. maybe people are just to lazy to type “you’re” out and so they type “your”… but it makes me stabby every time i see it used wrong. actually, on one of mine and marshall’s first dates, we made a bet. every time one of us used the wrong form of your/you’re, we owed the other person something. pretty sure he owed me a beer and i owed him a dollar.. my how times change. anyway, PLEASE check yourself on this one. it’s not a hard one to get right like some of the others!

so, there’s my list of ten. but wait.. here are a couple more fun, nerdy things!

anyway, that’s enough bitching and moaning for now.

oh, before i forget, check out the beanitos giveaway on the blend blog! they are one of our swag bag sponsors. blend is ONE MONTH FROM TODAY! squeal! can’t wait to hang with you all!

talk to you guys later!


what’s one common spelling or grammatical error that gets under your skin?

xo. janetha g.

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Katie April 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

It’s funny I notice grammatical errors when people talk MUCH more than when written. When sentences end with preposition…ahh, I want to freak out.

Vanessa April 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

This made me laugh because my whole life I’ve said “dethaw”. Now I know that it doesn’t make any since, but that’s what I’ve always said. So I still say it all the time and I’m sure it drives people mad. It’s kind of like when I say “It’s exactly the same, only different.” Yep, GUILTY!

Janetha April 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

It doesn’t make any sense, either. :) Haha, sorry, I couldn’t resist! xo

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

Those 10 items drive me NUTS! Especially “a lot.” *shudder*

Eve April 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

I LOVE your list. I get super frustrated with crappy spelling/grammar on the internet, but I spot it so often – I like to call it ‘internetisms’. And remember, if you put an ‘a’ in definitely, you’re definitely an a-hole. Wisdom from theoatmeal.com

the delicate place April 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

you have been sick a lot in the last couple months! what gives?! build that GI flora girlfriend! D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y & possessives really drive me crazy. i cannot handle the confusion betwixt your/you’re, their/there and OH don’t get me started on ‘loose’ when you really meant ‘lose.’

Janetha April 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

I honestly have no idea why I’ve been sick twice in the past three months! I have been taking so many dang vitamins and probiotics and eating super healthfully and whatnot, you’d think I wouldn’t get sick.. but I do. Weird.

Meg April 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

oh my goodness! the you’re/your kills me!!!!!!!! hahahaha especially if you are a uni student – I mean you should know by now right? hahahaha yeeks some things are differently cringe worthy just like that! great post.

love u

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

You forgot the 3 forms of there – there, they’re, their. That one BUGS me!

Okay – any grammatical error bugs me.

Ooooh and when people spell grammar “grammer”.

Janetha April 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

Oh. I didn’t forget! I just wanted to keep my rant list to ten.. haha. To/too, affect/effect, lose/loose, then/than.. I COULD GO ALL DAY.

You are right with the grammer one. So annoying.

Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident April 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

Not using “loose” and “lose” correctly. If I read “I’m trying to loose weight” one more time, it will be too soon.

Lara April 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

I consider myself fairly grammatically savvy, and I think I am still guilty of saying (not writing!) the first one. Yikes!

Your/you’re confusion, Its/It’s confusion, and their/they’re/there confusion = I DIE.

Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables April 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

wow, i’ve never seen anyone use the term “unthaw” but that’s pretty bad!!

Krista (kristastes) April 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

could/couldn’t(!!!) care less! ;) Turns out it’s definitely philly slang!

Alana April 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm

My absolute hateiest (yes I made that word up) grammar error is the widespread misuse of the phrase “in which”. “In which” has its uses, but contrary to apparently popular belief, you do not have to add an “in” every time you use the word “which”. It literally makes me twitch with rage when I see it.

Heather @ Better With Veggies April 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I definitely type “definitely” wrong every.single.time. Thank you spell check!! =)

Kat @ Balancing Kat April 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

My thing is capitalization. I had to check if I spelled that right. Ha! But, no worries – I like your style. :)

The your/you’re is THE worst.

steph April 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

there, their, and they’re is my all time top pet peeve but also the wrong use of to & too. people can usually handle two but not the others!

Tamara April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thanks so much for the reminders (running to check out most recent blog posts for offences…)

P.S. Auto-correct is not always correct!

Lisa April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Haha. I love, and agree with all of these. I’m always nervous I’ll do it myself though, and then I’ll feel pretty stupid.

Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt April 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

HAHAHA love this. I am totally guilty of the “as per usual.” Glad you pointed out the definitely too! I remember it because it has the word FINITE. It is FINITE. DeFINITEly. Yup. hah

Michelle (Better with Berries) April 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I read Clinton Kelly’s (from What Not to Wear) book and he has a section on grammar. I loved his viewpoint on the “could of, should of, would of” mistake. He said something like, “It’s could HAVE, should HAVE, would HAVE. But on second thought, don’t even say those phrases. You’re right, you could have. But you didn’t. So suck it up and move on.” :-)

Stefanie Willes April 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I could not agree more on all points! I am proud to be a part of the group of weirdos that notice these things. :) Hope you are feeling better soon.

Cynthia April 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

eachother – when did it become one word?

BroccoliHut April 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

The word nerd in me totally loves this post!! I was a writing tutor all four years of college, so I am a hard-core grammar Nazi.
You covered most of my pet peeves, but this one really gets me:
Using “I” when the correct pronoun is “me.” Example: “Be sure to call Ryan and I when you get back!” AGH!!!!!

Blog is the New Black April 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

You are after my heart with your grammar misuse HATE! I HATE when people say “a whole nother” instead of “another whole” a whole other.” DRIVES ME NUTS.

Stephanie April 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I am SUCH a grammar nazi! I HATE. HATE, HATE IT when people use there/their/they’re wrong, or when they put apostrophes where they don’t belong. It makes my skin crawl to read an article or blog that’s completely butchered!

NICOLE April 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Have you ever heard people call an “outfit” an “elfit?” It drives me……. crazy.

Pure2raw twins April 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

haha both Lori and I are horrible with this stuff, which makes you wonder why in the hell do we write a blog. i am sure we have a ton of errors. horrible at spelling. and never knew that about workout?? haha thanks i also just use it as one word.

and we write in lowercase too! but these types of mistakes never bother them, i know everyone makes mistakes so just does not get to me. but will work on harder on it.

Kris April 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

all of these are good ones…

one that makes me laugh every time? hot water heater. nope, pretty sure it’s just a water heater. ;)

Janetha April 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

oh my gosh! so guilty of this one. never even thought about it! thanks!

elise April 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

honestly i could write a novel on this category. i hate to be so anal but i get bothered by SOOO many mistakes – from grammar to spelling to stylistic things. ha. im such a loser.

i hate when people say less/more “then” – it’s THAN. ugh.

i used to always make the anyway vs anyways mistake until my g-ma yelled at me and told me to get it right. she’s a court reporter and types and corrects people’s shorthand mistakes all day long so it’s probably 8 million times worse for her to handle. :)

oh and btw, every. single. time. i type “choice” i type “chpice” instead. i have no idea WHY my finger wants to hit the p instead of the o but it does and sometimes i have to go back and delete it four times before i get it right. you’d be shocked at how many times i use that word in my posts too.

to/too, your/you’re, i could go on and on…

had to laugh at the “some odd years” comment. :)

Meggi April 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

this is hilarious! I constantly make mistakes! The older I get the more I tend to type slang terms which is terrible!

Your/you’re is by far my biggest pet peeve … and somehow, I constantly type the wrong one when using my iphone. It is even MORE annoying when I do it.

Heather April 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

“should of” REALLY irritates me.

also i get annoyed when people use the possessive for things that are just plural.

point in case: my dad does this all of the time. the other day he wrote me an e-mail about the “tornado’s”…i told him i could submit the email to apostrophecatastrophes.com, but he didn’t find my suggestion humorous

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

it’s Dietitian, not Dietician. No C!!

emily April 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

I think some others already shared this, but you simply MUST read the Hyperbole and a Half post about Alot, which made me laugh ’til I cried: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html

All of these errors make me absolutely twitch, but I’m trying to learn to be less judgmental about it. Trying. (Actually, on a side note, I would absolutely say “I’m going to try and be less judgmental”… but only verbally; I would never type it. Southern thing, maybe?)

I consider myself a grammar nerd. I’m in grad school for technical writing, and it’s largely because of my love of correctness in communication! (Did I make up the word correctness? Not sure. So that’s ironic!)

Ashley April 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

When people say “these ones” and “those ones.” You don’t need the “ones!!” It’s just “these” and/or “those.” :) I am pretty terrible at comma usage but am trying to improve!

natasha April 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

One of my favorite quotes about poor grammar/spelling:

“Good grammar is the difference between knowing your sh*t and knowing you’re sh*t.”

Oh and YUM to Arctic Zero…love the stuff…throw on a bit of cereal (once it softens a bit) and I’m in heaven (:

Susan April 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

I love this because I am a huge spelling/grammar nerd. Even though I don’t write perfectly all the time, I love learning about how the English language works. Unsurprisingly, my biggest pet peeve is when Canadians use the American spelling of things. Canada submits to U.S. culture in so many ways, we should preserve our British-inspired speech!! With that said, I actually write for two U.S. companies now, so I spend all day write things without the extra “u”s. It hurts my soul a little.

Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy April 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I am such a hypocrite when it comes to grammatical errors because it makes me absolutely crazy when I find them in other people’s work, but I am so guilty of them. Mostly because I rush through 99% of what I do without checking for errors, but after I see them I want to hide in a dark room so no one can call me out on it.
But they’re/their is the one I find most annoying.

Megan @ Weddings and Workouts April 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hi there! Have just discovered your awesome blog :-)

Love this post! I know I’m guilty of some of these, but grammatical errors still drive me nuts.

glidingcalm April 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

man I’m sure I get some of these wrong…….. but your/you’re and its/it’s always bugs me!!! as well as people not adding “ly” to their adverbs. Like “he ran quick!” no. he ran QUICKLY.

thanks for this post!

christina April 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm


cookie April 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

I always cringe when I see people mixing up your and you’re (and all the other similar things). And I am German. It’s really not that difficult. That test was a little surprising (I got 19 right) – you really write judgment? It doesn’t looks weird to me.

I’ve never read “could of” or something similar though. I am surprised people get that wrong.

Jessie @ Graze With Me April 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

I was just brainstorming a grammar post in my head but you beat me to it!! Here are a couple that make me pull my hair out:

Use to/suppose to. “I use to eat there every day but I wasn’t suppose to.” What?!?

Plural apostrophes. “The chicken’s are laying dozen’s of egg’s.” Idiot’s. ;)

Stephanie F (stephiefink) November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Calee was right, i like you. :) I corrected my husband once when he said “dethaw,” so now he says it on purpose as often as he can work it into a sentence just to goad me.

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