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?
Do non-English-speaking countries hold spelling bees? [more inside]
How do I pluralize a contraction that already ends with an apostrophe? [more inside]
Help me think of tricky spelling words to challenge my daughter! [more inside]
An hegemon or a hegemon? [more inside]
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]
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"?
LanguageFilter: Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)? [more inside]
I would like to know about the peculiarities in eighteenth-century writing. [more inside]
Spelling filter: Why do I ALWAYS struggle with the same few particular words? [more inside]
Is there a name for these kind of words, and what is the longest one? [more inside]
Why do I have to work so hard at spelling and writing? [more inside]
What's the deal with "everytime?" Is it one word or two? [more inside]
nixon's last mistake? [more inside]
I'm making a hundred or so iterations of a word puzzle type for my class and crave contributions. [more inside]
Met an Icelandic pixie in a bar; she disappeared in a puff of twinkly frost. I need you to help me spell her name. She went by "Anna" (so did her equally tall, equally blonde Icelandic friend!) but her full name was pronounced something like: Beern-Ana. Ok, so...who's got a clue as to how that's spelled? [more inside]
Bruce Sutter's Hall of Fame plaque notes that he ..."lead the league in saves five times." Is this a typo? Or this one of those things that can go either way? ("led" or "lead" for the past tense of "lead")
Is there are any software that can perform a decent grammar check? [more inside]
What are good software titles, appropriate for middle school aged kids, that will help kids learn spelling? [more inside]
I'm looking for a jokey piece on the Internet which is a treatise on how to reform English which gradually changes into German as you read. [more inside]
Are there any web authoring applications that have a robust grammar (not just spelling) checker? [more inside]
Microsoft word help! Midterm paper due in the morning and I can't figure out the teacher's grammar check requirements! [more inside]
For a community of intelligent and educated wordsmiths, Mefi still has some common & persistent spelling mistakes. What tips do you have for better spelling of everyday words, and which ones peeve you the most? [more inside]
Where can I get a popup spellcheck function like AxMe's? It's really sweet. I'm especially impressed that it even works in Opera, is it done with Flash?
What makes someone bad at spelling? [more inside]
The web or the Web; internet or Internet? Do you capitalize them? I'm trying to get a sense of common usage on the net (or Net). Do you, or don't you? And why? As a data point, we don't write the Ocean and the Sky, but some people do write the Moon, and some the moon. I don't care what the experts say; what's the emergent convention? What do YOU do?
I need an application (preferably web based) in which I can enter a word, including surnames, and get the phonetic spelling in return. Any ideas?
Can I please get a definitive ruling on White Castle "slider" vs. White Castle "slyder"? Google tells me it's "slider" but I don't think that's right.
In Word, is there any way to set up autocorrect such that it automatically capitalises different combination? E.g., I want 'member State', 'Member state' and 'member state' to automatically be capitalised as 'Member State', but after putting in the first combination, autocorrect can't recognise the difference. Any ideas?
"Can not" vs. "cannot": intuitively, the former seems to mean "one is permitted to not" while the latter means "not allowed to". But I've seen both used both ways. So what's the correct usage?
To me, grey and gray are two different colors, not just two different spellings of the same color. I've asked a few friends, and so far I'm pretty much alone in my perceptions. Does anybody else think of two different colors depending on the spelling used? [more inside]
What does "teh" mean? I've seen it on several sites, including the site that must not be named, and it's usually used where "the" would be the more conventional choice. Is it like "intarweb"? [more inside]
Why do people misspell 'lose' as 'loose'? I was looking at this old entry at waxy. All the info on the web seems to be of the 'haha, look how stupid people are' variety but I haven't found anything that tries to explain these mistakes away. Is it phonetics, usage, words that are an exception to a rule?
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