I follow a lot of diet and weight loss blogs on here and Tumblr, and I have been noticing so many common typos that I finally have to rant about them. Granted, these mistakes don't occur on every blog I follow--in fact, many are from sites I've just happened upon--and my complaints aren't with those whose primary language isn't English. Lord knows that if I attempt to converse in any language other than my native tongue I will make plenty of mistakes. (Speaking of which, is it just me, or does the English language seem backwards when compared to almost any other language on Earth? By this I mean our sentence structures, such as where we place the subject, verb, etc.)
Anyway, to get to my point, here are the most common (and maddening) errors I see:
Weigh versus weight or weighed - I weigh x amount, NOT I weight x amount. For example, people will write something like this way too often: "Hi, I'm so-and-so and I weight xxx lbs." NO! NO! NO! YOU DO NOT WEIGHT XXX LBS! YOU WEIGH XXX LBS! Of course, you may alternately use the word "weight" by saying something like "my weight is xxx lbs." It's also necessary to mention that "weighed" is the past tense of "weigh", so "I weight myself today" is so completely wrong and will make you sound super illiterate (once again, this applies to native speakers only). What you should have typed was, "I weighed myself today".
Lose versus Loose - lose means you lost something; loose means something is too big. So, you can "lose" weight; you cannot "loose" weight. Your pants can be too "loose", however, they cannot be too "lose". Get it? Please???
These drive me nuts like the other commonly mistaken words: it's versus its, there versus their versus they're, your versus you're...UGH!!! (Now hopefully I didn't make a laughable mistake during my holier than though sounding rant, because that would just figure, wouldn't it?)