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An H, or a H?

An hegemon or a hegemon? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Oct 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Y Cant Kats Spel Gud?

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 - 24 answers

What is the plural of "no"?

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 - 71 answers

Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)?

LanguageFilter: Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on May 21, 2007 - 71 answers

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance"

I would like to know about the peculiarities in eighteenth-century writing. [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Apr 16, 2007 - 10 answers

I never give congratulations in restaurants...

Spelling filter: Why do I ALWAYS struggle with the same few particular words? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 20, 2007 - 44 answers

met+a+filter Chain Words and Chain Letters

Is there a name for these kind of words, and what is the longest one? [more inside]
posted by snailer on Mar 7, 2007 - 20 answers

I'm your head, messing with your speling!

Why do I have to work so hard at spelling and writing? [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield on Feb 23, 2007 - 9 answers

What's the deal with EVERYTIME?

What's the deal with "everytime?" Is it one word or two? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jan 12, 2007 - 26 answers

nixon's last mistake?

nixon's last mistake? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 29, 2006 - 9 answers

Help creating a word puzzle

I'm making a hundred or so iterations of a word puzzle type for my class and crave contributions. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Nov 25, 2006 - 17 answers

What's in an Icelandic sprite's name

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]
posted by snortlebort on Aug 31, 2006 - 15 answers

Blooperstown

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")
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 30, 2006 - 14 answers

Grammar Check

Is there are any software that can perform a decent grammar check? [more inside]
posted by benji on Jul 17, 2006 - 4 answers

Good Spelling Software Titles?

What are good software titles, appropriate for middle school aged kids, that will help kids learn spelling? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Jun 7, 2006 - 5 answers

English spelling article

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]
posted by dydecker on Apr 27, 2006 - 7 answers

Checking grammar in HTML files?

Are there any web authoring applications that have a robust grammar (not just spelling) checker? [more inside]
posted by markmillard on Mar 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Customized grammar check and printout?!

Microsoft word help! Midterm paper due in the morning and I can't figure out the teacher's grammar check requirements! [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah on Oct 24, 2005 - 14 answers

Spelling help & bugs

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]
posted by dash_slot- on Sep 10, 2005 - 74 answers

Jealous of Matt's Toy

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?
posted by evariste on Aug 23, 2005 - 7 answers

Bad Spelling: Why?

What makes someone bad at spelling? [more inside]
posted by dame on Aug 19, 2005 - 44 answers

Capitalization of the web?

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?
posted by kk on Jun 8, 2005 - 31 answers

Looking for an application to give me phonetic spellings of words and surnames.

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?
posted by Heatwole on Feb 1, 2005 - 7 answers

The name of the White Castle sandwich- slyder or slider?

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.
posted by blueshammer on Aug 8, 2004 - 11 answers

MS Word autocorrect: can I set it to auto capitalize several different inputs into the same output?

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?
posted by biffa on Jun 29, 2004 - 3 answers

Cannot vs Can Not

"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?
posted by casarkos on Apr 10, 2004 - 10 answers

Grey vs Gray

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]
posted by emmling on Apr 7, 2004 - 32 answers

the meaning of teh

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]
posted by bshort on Mar 18, 2004 - 32 answers

Why do people misspell 'lose' as 'loose'?

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?
posted by vacapinta on Dec 30, 2003 - 19 answers

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