Posts tagged ‘spelling’

February 28, 2019


by duncanr

February 10, 2018

Proper spelling can save your life

by allthoughtswork

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December 14, 2016

Skitt’s Law

by duncanr

hhmmm, this would make a ideal xmas gift for a certain someone 😆


P.S. Skitt’s Law states that . . . “Any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself

Who spotted the mistake on the mug above?


March 13, 2016

English is easy…

by sticky

2762368_origHere is a little poem to explain the incongruities of the English language to any and all who don’t benefit from having been born into

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May 27, 2014

The End is Nigh for Nobbly ?

by duncanr

aw5334tn2200pxSome sad news for Nobbly – madhatters erstwhile proponent and staunch defender of English as it is writ by true-blooded Brits, as opposed to the bastardised spelling favoured by Americans – (and a certain traitorous Scot who lived in Canada for some years 😆 )

A kindred spirit who has fought a long fight to preserve UK spelling thinks the battle has been lost and is considering conceding defeat

October 8, 2012

Grammar Nazi Torture

by duncanr

importance of correct grammarThe prime function of language is to enable information to be communicated from one person to another. If the form of that communication is the written word then spelling and grammar play an important part in ensuring that the reader of the communication understands the message the author of the communication intended to convey.

That said, however, the human brain – even when registering that a word has been spelt incorrectly or that the grammatical structure of the sentence is wrong – will nevertheless ignore these errors and seamlessly interpret the communication exactly as the author intended.

To one – [no need to mention names] – who cares deeply about language, though, being confronted on a daily basis by mis-spelt words and ungrammatical sentences is a sore trial . . .

September 21, 2012

Speling Wurds Rite

by duncanr

Am I the only one who has thought there is something not quite right with the heading to Nurse Shady’s column?

‘Send me your dilemmas’

dilemmas‘ ?

Every time I look at that word, it jars with me. Now I don’t have occasion to use the word very often but when I do, I spell it ‘dilemna‘. I was taught to spell it that way at school. It was one of those ‘trick’ spellings that often appeared in tests to catch out the unwary.

Turns out, however, that . . .

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December 3, 2011

Shit I Learnt at School

by duncanr

“I” before “E” except after “C”

I had that little rule drummed into me at school

Still remember it – even after all these years

Fat lot of good it’s ever done me, though – ’cause it’s a load of bollocks !

In fact, there are 4 times as many words in the english language in which ‘E’ precedes “I’ than there are instances of the reverse letter pairing

Don’t believe me?

Check this out –

March 2, 2011

Spelling Matters

by duncanr

It’s a variation of an old, old joke – but it still made me laugh