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David Crystal and the history of English spelling, or how the Internet is killing off silent letters

The Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, which is held annually in Wales, was a prolific place this year for discussions about language use. Professor David Crystal gave a wonderfully engaging talk at the event, presenting his latest book Spell … Continue reading

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Why learn to spell correctly? I have a spelling checker

Many people find spelling unimportant. And if they do find it important, they sometimes still believe there is no need to learn to spell correctly since we have a spelling checker. Therefore, let me illustrate the flaws of this useful … Continue reading

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It is not you, it is your grammar.

This is crucial information which can save and change your life and the lives of others. You may be not aware of the impact your use of grammar, spelling and punctuation can have on your future. Texting ur beautiful to … Continue reading

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Focussing? Focusing?

A while ago, I used to get phone calls from colleagues from all over the university with questions like how to write focussing, with single or double s. As a member of the English department I was expected to know these … Continue reading

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Tape your ducks in a row!

Sometimes you’ll find interesting explanations about why specific usages are problematic. This one caught my eye recently. It’s from the entry for duct tape in Bryan Garner’s Dictionary of Modern American Usage. Garner quotes a newspaper articles to explain why people … Continue reading

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English spelling – A nightmare?

English spelling is amazing! I might be one of the few who think that way but given my natural curiosity poems such as The English Lesson by Richard Krogh are just my cup of tea. Having learned English as a … Continue reading

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Autocorrect – AARRGGHHH!

The Bridging the Unbridgeable project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, abbreviated as NWO in Dutch, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk onderzoek. Invariably, Microsoft Outlook corrects this into NOW: very annoying, as it results in a stupid typo … Continue reading

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