Great article on the importance of spelling in this age of anything goes:
“Marshall McLuhan once said Canada is the world’s only country that knows how to live without an identity. What more is needed to bind us together than a dictionary with a 4,833-word entry for “eh” and an account of the profound nationalist meaning of “all-dressed” in both official languages?”
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s choice of the grey jay, also called the whisky jack, as Canada’s new national bird has ruffled some feathers — and the correct spelling of the bird’s name has provoked confused and angry comments from CBC readers.
Anyone recall the first time they used the coinage “E-mail” for electronic mail? I’m happy it has evolved to email — the fewer hyphens the better.
If you’re not sure whether to use “an” before “historic,” here’s a very well-researched guide:
Well, fellow language geeks, this is really interesting stuff! Don’t click unless you have some spare time to explore all these infographics explaining the evolution of English.
Just because I’m a proofreader and editor, it doesn’t mean I can immediately spell any word thrown at me without having to double-check the spelling, or know the answer immediately to any question of grammar or style. I work on documents and manuscripts in a wide number of fields, and am always learning new things to add to my vocabulary list. I see this as on-the-job training.
There are some words that give me pause, and where the correct spelling isn’t instinctive. The English language is tricky – there are so many words that are pronounced the same but spelt two or three different ways (take the BBC News site last week, which confused reign, rein and rain when they described blows ‘reigning down’ on somebody). I also see confusion over their/there/they’re on a regular basis.
And then there are the words that are spelt the same, but don’t rhyme: take…
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Get up from your desk and take a walk! Your furry coworker will appreciate it and it will get your creative juices flowing — a proven fact!
Writers, take note: this is a great little website explaining all the possible ways to use and misuse the comma, and it includes relevant examples.