Spelling | - Part 2

Apostrophe society shuts down because ‘ignorance and laziness have won’

A society dedicated to preserving the correct use of the apostrophe, which ran for almost two decades, has shut down because “ignorance has won”. 

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Here is why it’s so hard to catch your own typos, according to science.

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’ve been perfecting your paper, article, or email all night long. You made sure every word fits the topic nicely, you’ve removed all the redundant elements, fine-tuned your argument, and you are ready to stun everyone with your paper because you think it’s a personal masterpiece. You do some proofreading and then you eagerly hit send or submit.

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Tihs article may look lkie nosnesne, but yuo can raed it, cna’t yuo?

The tihgns we can do wtih our brnias and lnagauge are unlimietd and bziarre smoetmies. So, dseipte the galring mispsellings in tihs txet, yuo fnid abosuletly no dicuffitlty in raeding it and unsredtnading its mnaeing. 

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Here is why we can’t adopt IPA as a writing system.

Phonetics is probably the biggest breakthrough in modern linguistics. When when we talk about phonetics, the first thing that comes to mind is the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The idea of representing each distinct sound with a unique symbol is very appealing and accurate and could seemingly solve much of the pronunciation/spelling inconsistency that pertains to the writing systems we have today. That is why we might be tempted to think that it would a wise move to drop all traditional alphabets in favor of IPA. Well, as promising as that might seem, it is a terrible idea. Let’s explain why.

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Here Are The Seven Letters That Do Not Exist in The English Alphabet Anymore.

The Latin alphabet for English once included 7 extra characters, some of which did not have Latin origins. But down the road, they fell out of use. Here is a list of the letters that once existed in the English alphabet. We also included a list of other letters that were believed to constitute part of the alphabet but were actually not in the alphabet. 

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Worst And Funniest Spelling Mistakes Ever.

We might pretend to hide it, but one of the most satisfying things for us is to spot a mistake. But not just any mistake, a language mistake. You just can’t suppress the laughter when you see a silly one. The Language Nerds has brought to you a collection of hilarious errors that slipped past the spelling check to remind you that you have to review what you write before you submit it. Have at them 🙂 

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Can You Read This Article Even If It Doesn’t Contain Any Vowels?

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You won’t find the letter ‘a’ in this article.

When someone tells you they could write some sentence or some strings of words without the mentioned letter, you would roll your eyes or even smirk out of ridicule. It’s not possible, you’d murmur! But let me surprise you. You’re going to scrutinize long pieces of writing down below in the hunt for the mentioned letter, but you won’t find one. I promise!

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Scrabble rule change allows use of ‘OK’ and other newly added words.

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Scrabble, wordsmiths’ favorite game, has pretty straight forward rules and from time to time they get updated with the addition of new words. According to the latest update to the scrabble dictionary, released by Merriam-Webster  on September 2018, 300 new words were added and are now eligible to be played in a Scrabble game. The game was last updated in 2014.

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People who constantly point out grammatical mistakes are jerks, study finds.

We call them all sorts of names: grammar nazis, pedants, grammar police, and sometimes prescriptivists. And now science says they are more than just that; they are jerks. A recent study has revealed that people who feel the urge to point out people’s grammatical mistakes online have less agreeable personalities than those who ignore them.

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