Wrong Word Wednesday #59

Every week I demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the word intended. Usually, this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence and sometimes it sounds amusing, other times it sounds embarrassing. Unfortunately, the mistake is so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.


Man-Men / Woman-Women

I am embarrassed that I have to do this at all. Really, I thought people learnt the difference between singular and plural gender nouns at a very early age – though in the case of The Guardian above, clearly not. In the last few weeks I have seen blog posts, web pages and Facebook memes that say “A women”, “This men” etc. Everyone should know that MAN and WOMAN are singular and MEN and WOMEN are plural.

Easy way to know the difference? A bit like E for Envelope in the difference between stationary and stationery…

A mAn, A womAn, Extra mEn, Extra womEn

Pffft! If you don’t know the difference then just go and buy yourself a dictionaries 😛


3 thoughts on “Wrong Word Wednesday #59

  1. N. E. White

    Ha! I would imagine the mistakes come from folks who learned English as a second language? Or, folk are just getting stupids.

    1. I think the latter, some of these came from native English speakers. I first noticed it when I was online dating “I am looking for a decent men” etc.

      Some I spoke to on there would sometimes say “thank goodness, someone who can spell. I can’t tell you how many blokes are “looking for a good women”.”

  2. andfreed

    Sometimes when I see a mistake like this I don’t know whether to laugh or cringe!

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