The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Misspellings

Thursday, 6th August 2015

The OxfordWords blog has just published ‘23 words that everyone spells wrong’. And that’s everyone including the OED website, since cemetary crops up in sentry, n.2 (a typo carried over from the print edition); and accomodate in spaciously, adv., pontoon, n.1 (which may just need a sic), lanai, n. (which does), tunnel, n. (it’s accommodate in the 1979 Compact Edition of the OED), roadway, n., and public, adj. and n.

In the words of the blogger, ‘English sure doesn’t make spelling easy.’ But if my entry of Friday, 5th September 2014 is anything to go by, it won’t be long before the entries are corrected.

Wednesday, 5th August 2015


Saturday, 24th January 2015

When I write an email and Firefox’s American dictionary underlines with red words like favour, artefact and jewellery, it sometimes makes me doubt myself, and I feel like Chris Finch doing the quiz with David Brent: ‘You’re putting this thing in my mind… this poison.’

Sunday, 7th December 2014

-r, suffix

Pronunciation: /r/
Etymology: < truncation of -er suffix

A website which has to do with (the thing denoted by the primary n. or v.).

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

If Henri de Montherlant really made the remark that is attributed to him, then he may well have been talking about online forums, reviews and comments: nowhere is it truer that ‘Happiness writes white. It does not show up on the page.’

Unhappiness, on the other hand, writes in every colour, in every font, on every subject, and often at length. The only variety I have yet to see is the literate, grammatical, proof-read and sober – it doesn’t show up on the page either.

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