5 Funniest Grammar/Spelling Mistakes in Kids’ Letters

5 Funniest Grammar/Spelling Mistakes in Kids’ Letters
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Updated on 23 March 2015

It’s always adorable when children attempt to write letters or caption illustrations, but can’t quite get the wording right. What’s even more adorable is when children write something they didn’t intend to write at all. Whether the culprit is bad handwriting or simply not sounding out a word correctly, ensure that you are encouraging your child to write by being supportive of all attempts.

In other words, choke back your laughter if you see mistakes like the following five.

Transposing Letters

Considering the number of letters and pictures that children make, especially for Santa around Christmas time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Santa is going to be called Satan a few thousand times by children demanding presents. While it’s definitely funny, it can also be a disturbing sight if you aren’t prepared for your child accidentally professing their love for the Devil.

A couple of slip-ups can be funny, but if transposing words becomes common, make sure you check to see if your child has dyslexia.

Sounding It Out, Literally 

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Some children spell words in exactly the way that they sound. This can lead to some embarrassing, and possibly hilarious, moments for you and your family since telling a child to “sound it out” doesn’t always work as effectively when it comes to spelling. Expecting a five-year-old to account for long and short vowels and proper phonetics in a letter or doodle is overly ambitious. Don’t be surprised when you see the word “peace” spelled as “pies.” Though your child is more likely to be wishing for “World Pies” than “World Peace” anyway.

Malapropisms Run Rampant with Children 

Children have a pretty limited vocabulary, so they simply aren’t aware of the existence of many of the words that adults use. When children attempt to repeat the words they hear, this can often result in a malapropism because the child is substituting an unknown word or sound for one that they already know. For example, it’s a strong possibility that your child believes that Abraham Lincoln’s name is actually April Ham Lincoln because that makes a lot more sense to him.

Oversimplifying Words Can Often Lead to Trouble 

To be fair, the English language has many confusing and just plain silly rules in it — especially when it comes to spelling. Children will spell things in the most simple way by sounding it out, but this tactic can often lead to some inappropriate, albeit hilarious, misspellings. Try not to get offended when your little boy hands you a drawing of his favorite place with the caption “I love the biach.” Though he just loves the beach, it might seem like he’s down with the latest slang words.

Sometimes, It’s All About Handwriting

Unfortunately, it’s not just spelling mistakes on a child’s drawing or letter that lead to hilarious misunderstandings. Which is why you should never underestimate the importance of good handwriting. Kids aren’t exactly known for the most decipherable writing, which, for example, can result in an “l” being mistaken for an “r” in the word “whole,” within the sentence “I love my whole family.” Yikes.

As you can see, children may not be the world’s best spellers, at least their methods are much more entertaining than correct grammar and spelling. Have you ever seen a grammar or spelling mistake from a child that made you roar with laughter?

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