We Need to Talk About Grammar is a weekly feature in which I complain about grammatical mistakes I encounter all too often. Feel free to commiserate below, and check out the archives here!
Another quick one today, and one that is somewhat new to the language.
“I tried to login, but it locked me out.”
This is a situation I’m sure we’ve all encountered at least once with our computers. But we don’t really distinguish the difference between “log in” and “login” in our heads, and thus often mix them up in written communication.
“To log in” is the verb that should have been used in the above sentence: two separate words. The word “login” can be used as either an adjective (“Can you please send me your login information?”) or as a noun (“Give me your login so I can fix your issue”). The two are also pronounced differently, at least in my head. Saying “I need to log in,” most people would put equal emphasis on “log” and “in,” whereas when using the word “login,” the emphasis is on the first syllable. This is true in my experience, anyway.
I feel like I experienced this particular mistake in work emails a lot, and always had to resist sending a snippy message back to the original sender schooling them in the correct use of “log in/login.”
But I never did, so now I’m venting all my frustration here. You’re welcome. 😉by