The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

I’ve Seen It All

Hey, y’all.

In my quest to spiff up the spelling, punctuation, and grammar of my fellow man, I have already tackled a few sets of homophones. You know, words that sound the same but have different meanings and/or spellings. Your/you’re, to/too/two, and their/there are all on my list of topics to cover in this blog.

Never in my wildest nightmares did I think I’d have to deal with this pair. Thanks to the Learning Academy (oh, the delicious irony of it), I now know there is at least one person out there who doesn’t get the difference between these two:

Photos courtesy of and Confusion courtesy of the Learning Academy.

Photos courtesy of and Confusion courtesy of the Learning Academy.

And now, for your Wednesday grins, here’s the sign that led to this blog post:


Smacking my head.

Thanks to my dear friend Deb for keeping her eyes peeled for gems like this!

That reminds me of another pair of homophones: “peel” and “peal.” Bells peal, y’all. People peel oranges and skin peels. (There’s no charge for the bonus lesson.)

10 comments on “I’ve Seen It All

  1. outlawmama
    February 13, 2013

    I just came across something in a legal context. If you are saying, “All tolled, the offense cost $500.00” should you be saying, “All told, it the offense cost $500.00 . . .”

  2. The Grammar Belle
    February 13, 2013

    It’s “all told.” That means “with everything considered” or “in all.” Love those homophones!

  3. WWS
    February 13, 2013

    Love the ‘creative’ use of the inglish language! If we’ll got it right all the time, you’d have nothin’ to right about! 😉

    • The Grammar Belle
      February 13, 2013

      Thanks, WWS, for ensuring my job remains intact! (Notice, I did not use “insuring.” There’s yet another pair of homophones. This blog practically write [rights?] itself.)

  4. Jon smith
    February 13, 2013

    So—what does a bell do? Peel or peal 🙂

  5. Gwen
    February 13, 2013

    The sign maker also needs a lesson your and you’re!

  6. ourmom
    February 13, 2013

    In the RV world they play with those two words. The vehicle being towed behind a motor home is commonly referred to as a toad.
    I didn’t know bells pealed until today, thank you for the lesson.

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