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magicfish
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Or is it, "Correct, sir."?
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On Jun 15, 2018, S2000magician wrote:
In English, possessive pronouns haven't apostrophes.


True. But what other pronouns are ever contracted orthographically?

The problem, as I see it, is that the spelling rules we learned in school were *both* phonological AND grammatical, and there is orthographical tension between the two.

Grammar, phonology, orthography: these things blend--or fail to blend--too much for people to get all huffed up and persnickety. Yet we do. I do, too.

I myself blame not only the French, but Willm Shakspere.
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On Sep 3, 2006, pradell wrote:
I Did the emoticon I typed in show up in the right place? Are any links properly highlighted? Does it look like it is ready for everyone to see? This is also a good tip for anyone who emails to others: review, spell check, and/or print the email out and look at it before hitting the "send" button.

:magicrabbit:



No the emoticon isn't working... Unless you intended it that way. Smile
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On Sep 29, 2006, Muckey Spleen wrote:
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On 2006-09-03 20:15, TannerJade wrote:
Good advice Smile

Also, I recommend the GOOGLE toolbar, which has a button on it called "Check" and it is a GREAT spell check, that will take the writing write of what you are typing ON the Café, so there is not need for copying and pasting...

Tanner



Of course, as long as what you misspelled is still a word (just the wrong one), spellcheck programs will give it the nod, as demonstrated in the above post. Smile
Nothing beats a careful proofread.


I can do "careful proofread"ing until the cows come home. I will still probably miss my own errors. It's part of my dyslexia. When I'm on my PC I have access to Text Help Read and Write Gold which will read it back to me, allow me to check for homophones and then read it to me again. It's a great tool, it also lets me put a digital coloured filter up on my screen to help with my Irlen syndrome too! It's not a cheap program though. I have a similar app on my iPad ... It's not as easy to use as the PC version.

Thanks for all the ideas everyone.
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If you were writing your PhD thesis, I could understand caring about your spelling/punctuation to that degree. But you are posting on an anonymous internet forum with a bunch of strangers you don't know and more than likely will never meet.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." – Mark Twain

"You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do!" – Olin Miller

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On Aug 25, 2019, bcstoner wrote:
If you were writing your PhD thesis, I could understand caring about your spelling/punctuation to that degree.


Yeah, but once you're finished, people sorta expect you to be able to use the same care--even for Internet forums.

Or, as I like to say to myself, "Be careful, Jeff. Bill is watching!"
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So, now acronyms are no longer typed in all capital letters. Is coke still it?

Ask Siri how to spell "wooster", "chumley" or "fenshaw".

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Through one end of the telescope it's all 1337. Through the other it seems Elizabethan means au courant.
What differance to the runcible abcederian after dialectic went to Russia and rhetoric became an ignoble gas?
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@stone, agreed. Also tensions across geography, time and between institutions.
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On Sep 25, 2019, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
So, now acronyms are no longer typed in all capital letters. Is coke still it?

Ask Siri how to spell "wooster", "chumley" or "fenshaw".

[not for danny]
Through one end of the telescope it's all 1337. Through the other it seems Elizabethan means au courant.
What differance to the runcible abcederian after dialectic went to Russia and rhetoric became an ignoble gas?
[/not for danny]

These are often conflated, though. So apart from that, broadly speaking in the modern public mind it constitutes a worldview, shaping belief and even perception, implicitly, that the world is like this. And is often pitted in opposition to religious beliefs, though, of course science (ideally) deals in empirical facts, not values.

Game theory. Is that the theory of woodcock, partridge or guinea fowl? Personal...
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LASER, Laser, or just laser these days?
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That's the general chronological declension isn't it? That is, if a word lasts that long.
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Chronological as in late 20th century. But at the same time we developed 1337.

Today it's i. e. but not eg'd.

We have printed works from five centuries ago.
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On Sep 26, 2019, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
LASER, Laser, or just laser these days?

It depends whether it is at the beginning of a sentence or not.
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