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10 Interface Typos You’re Probably Making

10 Interface Typos You’re Probably Making

Whether you are a master of the written word or someone who struggles to transfer their thoughts into print, it is all too easy to overlook simple errors when typing. This is why the spell-checker has become such a widely use tool, as it enables writers to easily evaluate or edit their work.

Have you ever thought to take a look at the mistakes that your spell-checker picks up ? Chances are, you’re repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and relying on technology to ensure that you produce well-written and cohesive work.

With this in mind, it is worth taking a look at the most common interface typos and exploring the issues that cause us to confuse separate words. Consider the following:

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1. Login and Log In

This is one of the most common typos, and it is not helped by the fact that numerous websites often confuse these two entirely different entities. While a reputable site, such as Facebook, use both ‘Log In’ and ‘Login’ in their correct form, for example, others confuse the two and often use them inappropriately. Essentially, the term ‘Log In’ is the verb form and should therefore be used to invite online users to access their unique accounts, while ‘Login’ is and noun and refers to your individual access details.

2. Setup and Set Up

On a similar note, the terms ‘Setup’ and ‘Set Up’ also serve as common noun and verb confusions. In this instance, ‘Setup’ refers to a specific scenario, while ‘Set-Up’ is a call to action that directs individuals to establish an account, connection or unique set of circumstances. Online websites and resources are also known to confuse these similar words, but it is important that clear direction is given to their users and new visitors. You should also understand the subtle difference between ‘Sign Up’ and ‘Set Up’ in relation to an online account, as the latter will usually be part of a longer application process.

3. Right-Click and Right Click

The use of hyphenated words can often alleviate confusion, but only if you understand their initial purpose and origin. Hyphens are used to link words or individual syllables of words, most commonly in compound phrases that have a combined or dual meaning. In this instance, ‘Right-Click’ instructs online users to press the secondary button on their mouse while highlighting a file icon, and the simple application of a hyphen removes any ambiguity from the direction. In an age where time is precious, the value of adhering to such small details cannot be ignored.

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4. Free and for Free

This is an interesting one, as you will often see businesses and websites advertising something ‘for free’ as part of a promotional campaign. This is technically categorized as colloquial rather than correct use of the English language, however, and those with an attention to detail would always say ‘get one free’ rather than ‘get one for free.’ On a fundamental level, you can either purchase something for a predetermined price or get something free, but never an amalgamation of the two.

5. Everyday and Every Day

As anyone who writes creatively can testify, this particular typo is a source of great confusion. The former is basically an adjective phrase, which refers to an action or product that is commonplace and entirely normal. In contrast, the term ‘Every Day’ should be used when referencing something that occurs with relentless monotony over every 24-hour period. This is perhaps one of the most common interface typos that you can make, especially if you write sparingly or are not familiar with the vagaries of the English language.

6. Instore and In Store

Following a similar theme, this typo adheres to the same rules as ‘Everyday’ and ‘Every Day’. Most commonly used by businesses and retailers who operate both offline and online, the term ‘Instore’ should be used to refer to promotional offers that are only available to physical shops and outlets. In contrast, these firms may also suggest that they ‘have great discounts and promotions in store’ for customers who choose to take up a specific offer. This is often misunderstood, however, especially by businesses who operated without a dedicated marketing team.

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7. Discount on and Discount Off

We are now entering the realm of confusing interface typos that are actually quite rare, simply because the terms and phrases in question are less widely used. Although ‘Discount On’ can be used legitimately to describe how a specific promotional offer has been applied, ‘Discount Off’ is technically inaccurate and may even be described by some as a double-negative. This is because the word ‘discount’ relates to a deduction from a predetermined cost or price point, which in turn renders the use of the word ‘off’ completely redundant in every conceivable instance.

8. Email and eBook

If you are a regular user of the Internet, you will often see words such as ‘Email’ and ‘eBook’ capitalized regardless of their precise application. While this type of fixed capitalization is fine for branded items or nouns, however, it cannot be applied to less well-defined words or on a completely random basis. As email and ebook are not officially nouns, they should only ever have their first letter capitalized in instances when they are used to start a sentence.

9. iPhone and IPhone

As we live in the defining age of technological advancement, it seems only right to include a typo that has only originated during the last six years. This common misprint refers to Apple’s ground-breaking iPhone device, which continues to dominate the smartphone market in 2014 and if often spelled with a capital ‘I’. This is an especially common mistake when the word is used at the beginning of a sentence, but the fact remains that it should be written and presented in a uniform manner regardless of its exact application.  This is because the iPhone is a branded product, and its spelling is therefore dictated by the innovator behind it.

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10. There and Their

Another pair of words that sound identical when spoken, these two entities have entirely different meanings and applications. Despite this, however, they are often confused and commonly used in each other’s place due to error. In fact, the difference between them is relatively simple, as while ‘There’ is used to identify a specific place or location ‘Their’ describes something that belongs to an individual or group. This misunderstanding has plagued even established writers, while it is also easy to overlook such a mistake as not all spell-checking tools differentiate between the two.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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