Spelling Counts (even IF you’re a werewolf!)

Like many writerly types, I look forward to YA Highway‘s Field Trip Friday each week. If you’re unfamiliar, every Friday the brilliant and witty Kate Hart compiles the best publishing, entertainment, and randomly awesome links from the web and drops them in one place for our perusal. (You can check out last week’s FTF HERE.)

One of the Field Trip Friday bits that recently piqued my interest was: “Cake Wrecks has the best of the worst Twilight-themed cakes…”

Why did this particular link catch my interest? Well, um, I like cake, but mostly I find the freakish, can’t-look-away-from-a-train-wreck quality the Twilight franchise and its fans possess to be incredibly intriguing. So… I clicked.


The cakes were predictably repulsive. All of them. But this one caught my eye and proceeded to offend me more than all the others:

Yes, Jacob’s over-the-shoulder gaze is creepy. Yes, his pack tattoo looks like radioactive slime (Why IS it green?). And yes, the handwriting is juvenile and sloppy. But can you guess what I find MOST offensive about this cake?

Go ahead. Take a closer look…


“I’m glad YOUR on my team (no punctuation mark)”

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but for the love of all that is holy! If you’re (see how I did that?) going to take the time to mix together a cake, bake it, frost it, and decorate it (no matter how hideously), why not take a moment to verify that your spelling and grammar are correct? I mean, we’re all allowed the occasional typo, but mistaking your for you’re on a birthday cake is just wrong.

Because images found on Pinterest always say it better than I can:

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Live it. Learn it. Love it, people!

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Tell me… What’s your spelling/grammar pet peeve?


27 thoughts on “Spelling Counts (even IF you’re a werewolf!)

  1. Meredith says:

    Ha. I totally did a grammar pet peeve post today too. I’m so with you on the your/you’re thing (and also the there/their/they’re thing), but what really gets me is improper use of quotation marks … er, I mean improper “use” of quotation marks, I guess?

  2. Ian Hiatt says:

    It’s a tie for me, really.
    “intensive purposes” – For people with extreme determination to enact their will!

    “rediculous” – Because sometimes when you diculous only once, it’s just not good enough. You have to do it again.

  3. Yahong says:

    OH yes, this! It’s THE WORST when it’s a huge glaring mistake on, like, a billboard or something, because then the whole population is being exposed to horrendous grammar mistakes like that. D:

  4. Carla Essen says:

    I could write a novel here. BUT (isn’t it a faux pas to start a sentence with but? Or is that an out of date rule?) my biggest peeve is apostrophe-s when someone just wants to make something plural. I see it EVERYWHERE!! Even on professional ad copy, billboards, you name it! It’s like nails down a chalkboard.

  5. Jaime says:

    Hilarious! You are so right about this cake – it’s butt ugly and the grammar issues are just as repulsive. This is something that really drives me nuts. I can feel the irritation bubbling whenever I’m on Facebook, because apparently nobody on Facebook knows how to spell or get their (I stopped for a moment to verify that this was in fact the right ‘their’) grammar right.

  6. Rida says:

    I see this all the time at school- especially on Facebook and all, and I have to be very quiet and not say anything because the last time I explained the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re,’ all I got was blank stares and O.o expressions.

    How could NOBODY have caught the mistake on that cake? And Jacob looks really creepy. I wouldn’t want to eat a cake with THAT on it.

    • katyupperman says:

      I know… that cake is all kinds of wrong. And yes, Facebook is the absolute worst for this kind of thing. I’m not sure if people are uninformed or simply lazy, but it’s often painful to read the status updates on my Facebook feed.

  7. Alison Miller says:

    My eyes are burning just having to look at he who shall not be named (Yes, I am Team Edward), but the YOUR? ugh. Of course, as a teacher, I see it all the time. And it’s one of my biggie pet peeves. Their, they’re, there – that’s another.

    Great post – well, you know, minus the ugly pic on that cake. 🙂

  8. Carrie says:

    I love cake wrecks. Your and you’re and there, their and they’re are big pet peeves of mine. I’m totally pinning this your/ you’re sign.

  9. Jaime says:

    I was just thinking some more about this post and I realized something. Judging from the segment following the credits on Breaking Dawn (“Carlisle is spelled with an ‘s'”), Aro would hardly approve of this cake (for reasons other than the fact that it has a werewolf on it). Whoever iced this thing better watch out, because Aro just might have them dragged away for bad spelling and grammar.

  10. Jessica Love says:

    I tell my students all the time that if they leave my class doing ONE thing correctly, it needs to be this. I go over it right at the beginning of the year, and beat on it over and over through the months, and some of them still can’t get it. Drives me insane.

  11. Alison Miller says:

    HAHA – I totally forgot one. The other day I passed a Walgreens and they were advertising hamsters (maybe the zhu zhu pets?). And they spelled it HAMPSTERS.

    My whole family was DYING. We made hampster jokes for the next twenty minutes.

  12. Amie Kaufman says:

    I give you points for not making that ‘your’ in the title of this post.

    This is absolutely my biggest peeve. Some of the other common mistakes, I can see why people get confused. But this one? Grrrrr. It transforms me from my usual mild-manner self!

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