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Definately Fixing Alot Of Americas Grammar 1 Word At A Thyme

Wiktionary – ‘Misspellings’ Category

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There’s a ‘misspellings’ category on Wiktionary, here, which I wanted to share with fellow language enthusiasts. It just lists common misspellings. Our old friend ‘should of’ is listed there as incorrect. There are also some other favourites of mine including ‘definately’, ‘occurence’, and even another one of those pesky ‘apostrophe – s’ cases: ‘April Fool’s Day’.

On the contentious issue of Wikipedia’s accuracy, I would say that I’m pretty confident that its content is to a large extent authoritative and correct – others agree. I used it a lot in my PhD research (though I read somewhere this is not allowed in a US academic context).

On a slightly different note, has anyone ever used the WordPress built-in spellchecker? I think it’s a fairly recent addition but I’ve only used it once or twice (should use it more regularly.. maybe they can add a grammar check too).

Written by lenina

2006 Dec 21 at 14:17

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  1. “Definately” is definitely an old, old friend of mine as well, a friend that I just happen to hate.


    2006 Dec 21 at 16:00

  2. we had our students do some minor research about natural disasters and despite reminders not to look them up in wikipedia, there were still some who submitted research from said site.

    i’m not american so please pardon this question but… how _is_ it written? april fools day? without the apostrophe, i presume? i guess i need to look up that holiday’s history.


    2006 Dec 25 at 02:32

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