Before reading this entry, try counting the number of F’s in this sentence:
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI
FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS…
I wish I knew how to hide the answer on this page….
Did you guess three?
I did, the first time I saw this. Most people do, as well.
There are six.
We don’t recognize the F in the word of because our brain recognizes it as a V.
This brings me to my newest topic. My roommate, Omni, told me that it drives her crazy when people write out must of instead of must have. It must come from people saying must’ve.
Must of does not exist.
I must have felt uneasy at seeing those two young boys at L’Espalier today, because I felt such immense relief when their mother came in and joined them; she must have been parking the car!
Ah, Boston Restaurant Week. It’s my favorite time of year. I went to L’Espalier with my sister for lunch today. Most people consider L’Espalier to be the best restaurant in Boston. Our food was fantastic. If you go, be sure to have the trout. Tomorrow I’m going to Smith & Wollensky with my sister and my dad!
Does “must of” drive you crazy? I know that there are several other words that are similarly misused — can you think of any?