Ah, English! One of the easiest or hardest languages you’ll ever learn—depending on whom you ask. However, even if we’re wizards of literature or native speakers, we all slip up from time to time. We can forget how to spell and even the most simple words can elude us. Especially when we’re stressed or distracted (but social media can be to blame, too!).

We've collected some of the funniest times that people’s minds temporarily shut down and their English language skills melted like butter in a hot pan from the 716k-member-strong r/ihadastroke subreddit. When you’re done upvoting your fave pics and enjoying this list, you can check out our previous post about people who forgot how English works right here.

Bored Panda talked about the pitfalls that come with learning English, what we can do to keep our linguistic skills sharp, and the effects that social media has on our grammar with Dr. Lisa McLendon, who is the News and Information Track Chair at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Coordinator at the Bremner Editing Center. Read on for her in-depth insights.

#1

When To Take Your Mdedicatnion

When To Take Your Mdedicatnion

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MJ1
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1 month ago

I think the label itself needs the medication

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#2

I Think My Girlfriend Needs Some Pastaa

I Think My Girlfriend Needs Some Pastaa

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Billie Templeton
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1 month ago

He's a keeper

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#3

Ship

Ship

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

Kitty on keyboard again

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Dr. McLendon from the University of Kansas said that some parts of the English language can be hard to learn for foreign students. A lot depends on the languages they already know.

“For students whose native language lacks articles (a, an, the), articles are by far the hardest category of words to master. Verb tense/aspect is also really hard—the difference between ‘I read,’ ‘I am reading,’ and ‘I do read’ is nonexistent in many other languages,” the professor explained.

However, memorizing common words doesn’t help overcome these difficulties. It’s all a matter of changing your mindset and practicing things until they become second nature. “These don’t pose any difficulties for native speakers who use them correctly without even thinking about it,” Dr. McLendon said. However, native speakers have other problems with English.

#4

Eh

Eh

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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1 month ago

I'd still like to know, though.

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#5

Did I Make A Reddit Account Just To Post My Grandpa Having His Seventh Typing Stroke Today? Yes, Yes I Did

Did I Make A Reddit Account Just To Post My Grandpa Having His Seventh Typing Stroke Today? Yes, Yes I Did

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John Tan
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1 month ago

grandpa be like: at least im famous

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#6

Hate It When People The Food

Hate It When People The Food

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Billie Templeton
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1 month ago

But I can't find the "Concern Spoons!"

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In Dr. McLendon’s experience as an editor and a teacher, she has found that native speakers have trouble with past passive participles in speech (e.g. saying ‘I had went’). Meanwhile, in writing, they have problems with punctuation, homophones (peek vs. peak, etc.), and misplaced modifiers.

But for those of us who feel confident in our English and feel like there’s nowhere else to go, the journey isn’t quite over. We can’t rest on our laurels.

“Read! Read widely and frequently. Read magazines, newspapers, novels, even cereal boxes,” the expert said. “But be careful when scrolling through social media, which although it can give you a good idea of current slang and shorthand, is often not a great model of clarity, accuracy, or good grammar.”

#7

Stroke Time

Stroke Time

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Billie Templeton
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1 month ago

f r u c k. Dies.

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#8

My Mom Just Sent Me This Out Of The Blue

My Mom Just Sent Me This Out Of The Blue

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Reagan Maher
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1 month ago

they know to much

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#9

Grandma Not Doing To Good

Grandma Not Doing To Good

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Dana Grunwald
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1 month ago

Poor grandma. I hope she is well!

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Dr. McLendon previously told Bored Panda that people forget words all the time because of temporary ‘blips’ in the information retrieval process in our minds. However, modern life and the easy access to technology also have an effect on our ability to spell well.

Spell-check, auto-correct, and editing software are now very common and they can shut down our ability to think and write for ourselves.

“Because spell-check and autocorrect are everywhere, what seems to be the biggest problem is words that are spelled correctly but aren’t the right word, like ‘form’ instead of ‘from,’ ‘it’s’ instead of ‘its,’ or ‘defiantly’ instead of ‘definitely.’”

#10

Brain Movie

Brain Movie

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

Life is just a brain movie

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#11

How When Me The What Is You

How When Me The What Is You

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

That picture is freaking me out

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#12

Uh

Uh

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Dana Grunwald
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1 month ago

Oh no! Not Godzilla!

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Improving our writing skills requires conscious effort on our part. Editing and proofreading are very important, so we should take the time to carefully read over what we’ve written. Several times if necessary. Knowing what mistakes we tend to make most often is also an advantage because we can then avoid those pitfalls.

However, there are times when editing, stepping back for a while, and sitting down to edit again isn’t enough. Dr. McLendon suggests having someone else read over what you’ve written to catch any mistakes left behind.

“When you’ve written something, your brain already knows what you’re thinking and what you meant to say, even if you didn’t actually say it. So when you read your own writing, you unconsciously fill in missing words, skip over typos, fail to see ambiguity, etc. Another person, someone who sees only what’s on the page and not what’s in your head, can help you spot mistakes and improve your writing. This is especially important if you are carving something in stone or getting a tattoo with words in it.”

#13

Hm...

Hm...

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Princess Procrastination
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1 month ago

The foot feels the f o o t

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#14

What’s A Banana?

What’s A Banana?

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

In my lunch box today I have a curved red ball (Apple) and a pink smile (melon)

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#15

Drunk Friends Are Quality Comedians

Drunk Friends Are Quality Comedians

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JK Rowling
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1 month ago

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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#16

English? Do You Speak It!

English? Do You Speak It!

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

This person should not be procreating.

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#17

Spelling

Spelling

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François Carré
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1 month ago

You deserve a satnding ovation with a huge clapter for that.

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#18

Narto

Narto

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

Is that Narto is my favourite line now

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#19

Sasig

Sasig

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Monday
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1 month ago

I love s a s i g

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#20

My Friend Had Stroke Last Night

My Friend Had Stroke Last Night

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Princess Procrastination
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1 month ago

y o u o f t h e t h a n k

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#21

Stroke Robbery

Stroke Robbery

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David Martin
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1 month ago

*raises one hand slowly* ...I have questions

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#22

Thanks Brian

Thanks Brian

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JK Rowling
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1 month ago

Among Us!

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#23

First Post - Idk If My Sister’s Okay

First Post - Idk If My Sister’s Okay

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Chris
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1 month ago

Mango, mangas, mangat, mangamus, mangatis, mangant.

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#24

Ehhh... Meet??

Ehhh... Meet??

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Malakai
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1 month ago

It says "Meet Someone" twice...and very badly, at that

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#25

Wat Iss The Foooonf

Wat Iss The Foooonf

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Reagan Maher
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1 month ago

I'm more concerned with the fact that it says baby legs sold here🤔😬🤨😶

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#26

The Mercedes F1 Team After Today's Race

The Mercedes F1 Team After Today's Race

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

U ok hun. 😆 I think they are, they won that race.

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#27

I Don't Know

I Don't Know

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JK Rowling
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1 month ago

When Remy is still getting used to typing...

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#28

At Least Google Knew What I Was Going For

At Least Google Knew What I Was Going For

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JK Rowling
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1 month ago

Probably because Google has to deal with this crap all the time

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#29

Sprite Kurkkurkkkkkurite Kuav Kute K

Sprite Kurkkurkkkkkurite Kuav Kute K

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

But it's Mountain Dew...

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#30

Strok

Strok

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Joey Marlin
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1 month ago

Dawgz! Just that his paws are too big...

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