Category Archives: Spelling

Just des(s)erts

We all know what it means, but a lot of people are unsure about whether to use “just deserts” or “just desserts”. This is a thorough post about a confusing phrase: just des(s)erts. And once you know which word you want, … Continue reading

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When is a typo not a typo? In the wor(l)d of Ulysses

This week, I’ve come upon a rather unusual post about typos. Well Ulysses is an unusual book, for all sorts of reasons. O that basis, I suspect it is perfectly reasonable to have some unusual typo stories about it. Is Ulysses is … Continue reading

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Tough spelling for an English learner to plough through?

This post gives a nice explanation of why the “ough” combination is such a pain for spellers. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Why do Australians tend to like UK spelling?

I think the most interesting part of this post about the preference for UK spelling in Australia is in the comments section. There are some very sensible points in that section. While I agree that spelling is complicated, I’m against … Continue reading

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Is it grey or gray?

Well, both are fine, but in the UK, we tend to prefer grey while across the Atlantic they tend to go for gray. Apparently, some people use both spellings to distinguish different shades of the colour, which seems to be … Continue reading

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Keep an eye out for these difficult words

In these days of auto correct, we can sometimes be hood winked into a false sense of security. Sometimes, the more usual spelling isn’t correct. Because sometimes you need a different word. This post has some words that might trip … Continue reading

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3 Reasons for syllabically ambiguous words

One of the reasons why English spelling is difficult is because of the variations in pronunciation.  This post explains some of the background to one aspect of this issue. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this … Continue reading

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Spelling tips and tricks making words plural

We haven’t had any spelling tips here for a while, so let’s change that with an infographic about plurals. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Where do these odd spellings come from?

English spelling has some interesting quirks, reflecting the many influences on the development of the language. This post explains the background of 11 oddly spelled words. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Consonant doubling

Many of us find it difficult to remember when we should double a consonant.  That is a pretty scary topic as consonants form the majority of the alphabet – all letters other than a, e, i, o, & u. The … Continue reading

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