My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated! [more inside]
posted by blacksky
on Jan 6, 2014 -
I have some large documents that are riddled with errors (I am copy/pasting from PDFs), and correcting each error is prohibitively time consuming. Is there a resource that will autocorrect the entire document in one sweep? Right now it is just a Google Drive document, but I can convert to Word, etc. Thanks for any tips.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy
on Jun 26, 2013 -
Is there a way (a macro perhaps?) to change the spellings and punctuation in a Microsoft Word document (.docx) from "American" style to "British" (or should I say, 'British') style in one fell swoop? [more inside]
posted by dhens
on Mar 11, 2013 -
What resources would you recommend for an adult who is a native English speaker who nonetheless struggles with grammar and spelling? I'm asking on the behalf of my boyfriend, who dropped out of middle school, and is also dyslexic. He asked if I had a book or website to recommend, but most of what I could find is geared towards kids or people learning English as a second language. He already feels insecure about all this, so recommending an ESL book seems really patronizing. He even acts sheepish asking me about grammar or how to spell something, so something he can pursue on his own would be ideal (even though I'm happy to help and don't judge him whatsoever).
posted by anonymous
on Jan 31, 2013 -
In a story I'm writing, one character (an old lady) blows a raspberry at another character at the very end of a scene. I'd like to indicate this sound as a direct quote. What's the proper way to spell this?
posted by mochapickle
on Oct 5, 2012 -
Looking for new ways to learn to spell specific words. and possibly to make it sink into my head when you use "then" vs "than". [more inside]
posted by royalsong
on Sep 11, 2012 -
I am finding lately that as I type things in a hurry I'm increasingly misspelling common words. Is there a name for this oddity? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt
on Aug 27, 2012 -
Is there any evidence that literacy (particularly spelling) standards of attainment have dropped in recent times, in the Anglosphere? Looking for citable evidence only
posted by wilful
on Jul 2, 2012 -
Do we cry over spilt milk or spilled milk? My spell checker says the latter but I remember the former. [more inside]
posted by patheral
on May 9, 2012 -
I'm organizing a Star Wars themed spelling bee. I need as many hard to spell Star Wars words as possible. They can be nouns, etc. It's a fun event, and we are not following strict rules about it. Already have "Kashyyyk" and "Sarlaac" and "wookiee".
posted by Sully
on Apr 12, 2012 -
How do you teach a 6-year old to recognize vowels in the middle of a word? Ask him to spell 'bed' out loud and he will say 'b-a-d.' Ask him to write 'bed' and he will write 'b-a-d.' Yet if he reads 'bed' out loud, he will say it correctly and he knows what it is. Any tools or techniques that will help him learn? [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da
on Oct 26, 2011 -
An American friend tells me that Lego is commonly referred to as "Legos" in the States. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish
on Oct 7, 2011 -
I can't find a definitive answer on the use of 'post' as a prefix. In particular with 'post approval' meaning 'after approval'. [more inside]
posted by unliteral
on May 30, 2011 -
Slight misspelling of bank's name on my car title - pursue fix or let it go? [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Jan 5, 2011 -
Any Latin scholars out there? I'm getting a tattoo and just want to make sure it means what I think it means... Quo vadimus [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 30, 2010 -
Is there such a thing as an "advanced" spelling and grammar program for Microsoft Word or WordPerfect? Bonus points if it is designed for the legal world. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit
on Jul 25, 2010 -
Do internet-people spell "whoa" incorrectly on purpose (as "woah"), in the same way people use "teh" and "!!!1!!1" - fake typos used to imply something? [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on Jul 12, 2010 -
Where can I watch the Scripps Spelling Bee in the DC area? I don't have a TV, so am looking for a bar or something that will be showing it. [more inside]
posted by sa3z
on Jun 3, 2010 -
A job I recently applied for responded to me with a questionnaire about my experience in certain areas. After filling out the questionnaire and emailing it back to the company's HR Rep I realized I misspelled a fairly common word, it was a stupid typo I somehow missed. I've been beating myself up over this, wondering what to do. Send an email with a new corrected copy? Ignore it? Let them know I found the mistake and apologize?
posted by anonymous
on Mar 7, 2010 -
I guess I know too many Saras and Sarahs, Teresas and Theresas, etc., because I find myself having a hard time remembering who spells their name which way. I know that people can become annoyed when their name is spelled incorrectly, so I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions for how to remember the correct spelling when someone has a common name with multiple possible spellings, without having to consult an address book every time I want to write or type their names. Thanks.
posted by Balonious Assault
on Nov 12, 2009 -
Please hope me with this seemingly-basic English grammar/spelling question! Which is correct: "long-sleeve t-shirt" or "long-sleeved t-shirt"? Is there supposed to be a hyphen between "long" and "sleeve(d)? [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on Oct 2, 2009 -
Which is correct? "Dominoes" or "dominos"?
Or is this one of those words that can be spelt either way?
Is one correct, and the other just a result of a mispelt brand of pizza delivery? (or is that mispelled...now I'm second guessing everything!!!) [more inside]
posted by robotot
on Sep 8, 2009 -
Spelling question involving names of people from Burma. (Or Myanmar, if you prefer dictatorial nomenclature.) [more inside]
posted by hazelshade
on May 7, 2009 -
What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena
on Jan 28, 2009 -
Why do I keep accidently typing homonyms instead of the actual word I meant? e.g. Pear instead of Pair. Sometimes it gets worse and I write things which share even less in common like pardon and person. [more inside]
posted by public
on Jan 3, 2009 -
Can you recommend any good print editions of Shakespeare in non-modernized orthography, priced for regular folks (not university libraries)? [more inside]
posted by No-sword
on Dec 22, 2008 -
One of my neighbours has asked me for some advice and I'm pretty dumbfounded. A senior (~80yo) that she knows has said that he'd like to learn to write and spell, but she has no clue where to start. So, what resources are out there that could be of help? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl
on Dec 7, 2008 -
Is there a way to make ArcGIS spell -meter like a Canadian? For example, inserting scale text pops out -meter, but I'd like to see -metre and sometimes -mètre. I know that I can subsequently convert these to graphics and edit the text from there, but is there any way to skip this step entirely by changing language or spelling settings within the program? Altering my XP language/international settings didn't do anything. Thanks in advance!
posted by avocet
on Oct 29, 2008 -
In French, the singular of eye is "oiel" and the plural is "yeux." Are there any nouns in English that have completely different spellings of the singular and plural like this?
posted by Crosius
on Sep 26, 2008 -
LOLcats teach us that cats can write, they just don't have very good spelling or grammar. The same idea has been used in advertising ("Eat Mor Chikin") and of course Far Side cartoons. Was Gary Larson the father of this concept, or were there other places where it was pervasive before he came along? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg
on Aug 4, 2007 -
What is the plural of "no"? Example: You have to hear a hundred "nos" for every yes.
What is the proper way to write "nos"?
posted by dzot
on Jul 13, 2007 -