Rarely, ever. Ever is superfluous.
" He rarely rides in a plane."
Real. Do not use real for very. Real is an adjective; very is an adverb.
Incorrect: It is a real pretty picture.
Correct: It is a very pretty picture.
Remember of. Of is superfluous.
"I remember (NOT remember of) talking with him."
Respectfully, respectably, respectively. Respectfully refers to that which is done in a manner full of respect for someone else; respectably refers to that which is done in a manner worthy of anyone's respect; while respectively refers to a series of objects taken in regular order.
Correct: It is desired that everyone receive a salary sufficient to enable him to live respectably.
Correct: I shall call on five members of the sales team respectively.
Correct: After the president read his annual report to the stockholders, he bowed respectfully and sat down.
Right nice, right smart. Dialect for very, unusually, and extremely.
It was very kind (NOT right nice) of you.
Runs. Colloquial for direct, manage, operate, and similar words.
"He manages (NOT runs) the paper.
Salesperson. A good word to use when referring to both sexes.
Same. Incorrectly used as a pronoun, except in legal documents.
Incorrect: I have read your letter and in answer to same (OR to the same) . . .
Correct: In answer to your letter of May 14 . . . .
Says. A vulgarism when used in place of the past tense of the verb to say.
I said (NOT says) to him, "Go home!"
Seldom ever. A colloquialism for seldom or rarely.
We seldom (OR rarely) see him now.
Shan't. A colloquial contraction for shall not.
Correct: They shall not (NOT shan't) enter the building without their identification cards.
Show. (1) A colloquialism for theater, opera, concert, and the like.
Correct: We are going to the theater (NOT show).
(2) A colloquialism for chance or opportunity.
Correct: The judges wouldn't give the boy an opportunity (NOT show) to win the prize.
Sight, sight of. A needless and crude expression for much, many, a great many, a great deal.
Correct: The storm left a great many (NOT a sight of) fallen trees in its path.
So. (1) Incorrect when used vaguely and indiscriminately as an intensive in place of very or extremely.
Poor: The letter was so effective.
Better: The letter was very effective.
(2) Colloquial when used as a conjunction meaning with the result that or in order that.
Colloquial: They clung to the rail with both hands so they wouldn't fall.
Better: They clung to the rail with both hands so that they wouldn't fall.
Some. (1) Dialectal when used as an adverb.
Dialectal: He works some during the summer.
Better: He does some selling during the summer.
(2) Incorrect when used to intensify an adjective.
Incorrect: That's some suit you are wearing.
Correct: That's a very attractive (OR stylish) suit you are wearing.
Specie. Means metal coins (gold or silver). Do not confuse with species, meaning kind or variety, and having the same form in both the singular and plural.
Such. (1) Such must be followed by a result clause introduced by that and not by so that.
"It was such a storm that (NOT so that) I decided to remain indoors.
(2) When a relative clause follows, it must be introduced by as, rather than by that, who, or which.
Incorrect: I will conduct such programs that may be assigned to me.
Correct: I will conduct such programs as may be assigned to me.
(3) Do not use such alone without a result clause.
Incorrect: It was such a lovely day.
Correct: It was a very lovely day.
Superior, inferior. These words should be followed by to and not than.
"The new car was superior in every respect to (NOT than) the model sold previously.
Sure. Slang for the adverb surely.
"Will you join us?" "Surely (OR certainly)."
Suspicion. Always a noun; never used as a verb.
"I suspect (NOT suspicion) that he was the culprit.
"I have a suspicion that he was the culprit.
Take and. Phraseology of this kind is superfluous.
Incorrect: Take and tie it up.
Correct: Tie it.
Tend, mind. Colloquialism for look after, take care of, or attend.
That. Incorrectly used as an adverb in place of so.
"I was so (NOT that) tired i could scarcely breathe."
That there, this here, those there, these here. Vulgarism for that, this, those and these.
Try and. The expression is often misused for try to.
Incorrect: We shall try and get the goods to you by the fifth.
Correct: We shall try to get the goods to you by the fifth.