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Funny: Mom Buys Me a Spell Checker for Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 November 2008 18:16

To fully get the joke, you need some back story.  I am fairly seriously dyslexic and as a child I hated nothing more in school than spelling tests. Every week my mother and I had a ritual. She grilled me on my spelling words and I cried. It wasn't much, but it was our system

So a few months back when I told my mother I was starting a website called Common Misspellings, she was the one in tears, but it was tears of hysterical laughter.  (yes, my own mother mocked me) The mocking continued when she got me a spellchecker for Christmas with a card that said "To help you with the website."

But I have to admit, the Spell Checker she got me was very cool. It uses a Phonetic Dictionary which is a vast improvement over letter matching methods used in the past. (How DO you look up a word if you can't spell it?) I was very impressed by how powerful this thing is.

I decided to give one to my niece for Christmas and in researching, the newer model spell checkers I am impressed how cool many of them are.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2008 21:07 )
Free Online Spell Checker PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 08:19
From the emails I have been getting, many people are looking for a full fledged online spell checker. I found one that is really cool. You just type in your text and hit the "Check Spelling" button and it spell checks for you. Try it!  Free Online Spell Checker
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 November 2008 08:28 )
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Sunday, 23 November 2008 00:54

How do you spell

That what a whole lot of people want to know.

 After putting up that list of common words that people ask google how to spell, I started seeing a lot of people really do type that into google. I sent my friend (a fellow linguist) a question. I wanted to know if people are typing "How do you Spell" more of it they where typing "How do I spell..."

 He told me that overwhelmingly people type "How do you spell" into google.  Which was odd considering google isn't a person but they refer to it as "you." Interesting. 

The other thing I find funny is that I get an abundance of people asking "How do you spell neice." -- Apparently these people have never heard the old rule that I goes before E except after C. - It should read 'How do you spell niece' which would be right.

BTW there is a list of commonly misspelled words below (scroll down) and here is the list of the words often misspelled according to gogle.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2008 21:00 )
How many different ways can you misspell insurance? E-mail

People make typos (or misspell words) all over the net.  One thing I was interested in is how many people make common misspellings or common typos for every day words.  One of the tools I use as a linguist is a typo generation tool.

I wanted to see how many different ways the word insurance could be misspelled. What I found was interesting.

Common Misspellings
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A partial list of common misspellings and the proper way to spell them.


abber(r)ation ** aberration

accomodation ** accommodation

acheive ** achieve

adress ** address

alot ** a lot or allot

Alsation ** Alsatian

alterior ** ulterior

ammend ** amend

anti-semetic ** anti-Semitic

attatch ** attach

athiest ** atheist

auxilliary ** auxiliary

barbeque ** barbecue

beggining ** beginning

beleive ** believe

bicep ** biceps

bouy ** buoy

Britian ** Britain

brocolli ** broccoli

For the rest of the list, click the Read More button at right.

Most common misspelled words according to google PDF Print E-mail

A friend of mine saw my goofy little website and he sent me a list of all the words people ask google to spell for them...

One Word I Always Misspell E-mail

I don't know why, but I can always misspell the word "because." Or more accurately, I can't TYPE the word because. I'm very good at typing the word "becasue" whatever that means. But more often than not if I have to type "because" it ends up being misspelled.


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