macaroons vs. macarons & you’re vs. your {there is a difference}

by jacin on January 24, 2012

today’s post is short and sweet.

{image by LLD, macaron via macaroon

i have seen one too many wedding features with gorgeous signage for the sweets bar, only to see macarons listed as macaroons. i never knew the difference myself, until i did a little digging to discover they were two different sweet treats!

{via some e cards}

i’ve also seen so many event invites with “your invited” rather than “you’re”. so today’s post is all about taking the extra 2 seconds to make sure you get it right before you press “print”.

you’re going to enjoy that macaron even more when it’s spelled right :) happy tuesday!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Diana January 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Love this…smart post that many people will appreciate.


HiLLjO January 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Some people genuinely don’t know the difference! This is pretty clear.


kirby January 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

very insightful! and the mis-spelling of your and you’re is a big one… I would be embarrassed if I spelled that one wrong.



Rebecca January 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

LOVE THIS! It is very true, take a few minutes, review it, two different things!:)


Libby January 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

YES!!! Always double check spelling! And thanks for the cookie clarification. One “o” or two, they are both delicious.


Nicole January 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I think it was my Southern Living Magazine that actually called Macarons, Macaroons. And I really want to know the proper way to prounounce the French Macaron! :)


Nicole January 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

and I really can spell words like pronounce :)


Alicia {The Charity Wedding} January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

There and Their and They’re. Yes. Thank you.


THP January 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

better yet, spell the husbands name right.



Allie@HoneyBeeInvites January 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Ha! I love this post! So informative and true!!! :) Hope there (not they’re or their) are lots of brides reading this! :)


yasmin {floral theory} January 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

You are a grammar girl after my own heart. Thank you for this post.
xo yasmin


Lena January 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

AMEN. But I still don’t like the serial comma.


Nikki January 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Amen! Although…no matter how it is spelled, I will eat it.


Faith January 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

i didn’t realize that the treat was actually two different treats … oh wow. now i must try macaron because i know that i dislike macaroons … just always thought they were the one and the same. oops.


bethany January 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

So many of my family members didn’t really know what “macarons” were until I got home from Paris and showed them photos! In my humble opinion, macaroons need to disappear. But I will admit to confusing the spelling frequently, but never in any formal situation.

I cross my heart to commit myself to memorizing the difference. ;)

But “your” and “you’re” as well as “they’re”, “there” and “their”…oh I know those. My biggest grammatical peeve is people who don’t know when to say “loan” or “borrow”. Isssshhh….you cannot “borrow” someone money!

Whew. Glad I’m not the only one with a few peeves like that! :)


Leah January 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

This is great Jacin! I actually didn’t know the difference between macaroons and macarons- learn something new every day! :)


chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day January 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I’m such a grammar snob and love this post! I have actually seen bakers spell the french cookie (macaron) as macaroon! Drives me nuts. Thanks for the post :)


Honey @ Honeydew Events January 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM

This is perfect! My sentiments exactly!


Amie January 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

They’re, their, there. Your, you’re. Its, it’s. Then, than. Two, too, to (and a comma before too). Comma placement in general. Everyone should recheck their middle school grammar books before they write something formal, or even in their everyday speech.


Laura *You Stir Me* January 25, 2012 at 8:24 AM

ha! Oh no, I might be a culprit. One of my 2012 resolutions is to read more and spell better. Thanks for the extra boost, Jacin!


Liesl January 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Such great advice and so, so true! My mother is HUGE on proper grammar usage, spelling and proofreading…I’m trying so hard to learn the correct usage of commas, since that is not a strongpoint of mine, but grammar comes more easily because she taught us growing up and I’m so thankful that she did! :)

Liesl :)


Mrs. Pancakes January 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

proper english grammar is soo important but unfortunately a lot of grammar today is brushed aside. thanks for doing this. you’re great and your blog is great too!


Brenda's Wedding Blog January 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

This is GREAT Jacin - just re-pinned on pinterest as it definitely bugs me so much when people spell the yummy colored sweet macarons the wrong way. They are definitely 2 different desserts.


Elizabeth | Bridal Musings January 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Guilty as charged re the macaroons! This made me laugh out loud :)


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