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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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A quick guide to the history of English

If you want an accessible history of the English language, explaining a lot of the quirky thing, the link in this sentence is a good place to start. It is a long post, but it is very easy to read, … Continue reading

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When U doesn’t follow Q

Stuck with a Q and no U? Here is a list of the words you need to know to get round that Scrabble problem. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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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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Establishing what is correct

Sometimes you hear people saying they want their work to be 100% correct. That is a very difficult target. While much of the English language is governed by widely recognised rules, those rules don’t cover everything. Unless you are working to … Continue reading

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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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