Mistakes Due to Lack of Phonics

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Everyone can benefit from increased use of phonics to reduce mistakes and improve reading speed. Here is a growing list of mistakes that result from a lack of reading by phonics:

written word mistaken substitute example
immorality immortality Misread in church: "Flee from sexual immorality [misread as "immortality"]. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.[1]
Libertarian Lieberman "[M]ore than 10,000 Florida voters negated their ballots by voting for both Gore and Libertarian candidate Harry Browne. Presumably, they mistook Libertarian (the party) for Lieberman (Sen. Joe Lieberman, Gore's running mate)."[2]
accidentally actually "The discovery of new western routes accidentally [misread as "actually"] led to the discovery of lands in the New World (Western Hemisphere)."[3]
imminent eminent Mistaken transcription of testimony given by now-Justice Sonia Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings.
censor censure common mistake in connection with congressional resolutions to admonish someone
amendment agreement an amendment is often attached to an original agreement, but should often be rejected instead
objectives objections their meanings are nearly the opposite
parameter perimeter parameters are mathematical constants or variables that determine the form of a function, or any physical property; a "perimeter" is a boundary.
lose loose "lose", a verb, means to suffer defeat; "loose", a noun, means relaxed or not tight
filing filling Secretaries have the responsibility of "filing" documents; pharmacists have the responsibility of "filling" prescriptions.
proscribe prescribe "proscribe" means to outlaw, forbid or condemn, as in prohibit; "prescribe" means to establish a rule or order something, as in prescription
least last No mistake if read phonetically, but a bad mistake if based on a quick glance and the "e" is not noticed

Other mistakes

written word mistaken substitute example
knight night A "knight" was a chivalrous man who aided the oppressed; "night" is the period of darkness at the end of each day.

References

  1. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (bolding added, NIV used)
  2. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sns-ballots-design-os,0,5771905,full.story
  3. World History Lecture Eight
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