How to write better than your spell checker

Did your spell checker make mistakes for you last week? Especially with homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently)?

How to write better - spell checker

Trouble is, spell checkers don’t get homonyms. What happens is if you type in the wrong homonym, as long as it’s a real word itself, your spell checker in its profound deafness will cheerfully let it go. And if you’re in a hurry or not paying full attention, the goofs go straight out to your readers, customers and other important people.

Of course there are the other goofs you can’t even blame on your spell checker…and they are caused by, er, human error. Let’s see if we can put at least some of them right, and have a few smiles at the same time. [Read more…]

More lunacy from the English language

Still on the subject of the sheer folly of the English language, here are some further examples of why it is absolutely crazy … and very hard to learn for anyone who wasn’t born into it. How is it that this ridiculous lingua franca has become the third most widely spoken language in the world?

Can you figure out these homographs and homonyms

The bandage was wound around the wound. [Read more…]