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Confusing pairs of words...

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ my3cents


    Speedwell wrote: »
    Spelt is not a word that has fallen out of use; it is (at least) the name of a grain. Google and other spellcheckers are at best minor annoyances to me. I worked as a proofreader back in the day and an engineer manual writer more recently, and I have always found them to cause more problems than they solve. I spend an extraordinary time trying to teach them that this word or that is actually not misspelled.

    But what I am thinking is that if people come to rely on for example Googles spelling checker then it will be Google that drives how the world spells.

    I have to use a spelling checker because I can't spell, I don't even hear words correctly so with my phonetic spelling I can't get them right. I just have to know what words I spell incorrectly and then check them. Strange autistic thing I can spot something that is wrong or not inline with a convention but can't actually get it right myself?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,811 ✭✭✭ Speedwell


    my3cents wrote: »
    But what I am thinking is that if people come to rely on for example Googles spelling checker then it will be Google that drives how the world spells.

    I have to use a spelling checker because I can't spell, I don't even hear words correctly so with my phonetic spelling I can't get them right. I just have to know what words I spell incorrectly and then check them. Strange autistic thing I can spot something that is wrong or not inline with a convention but can't actually get it right myself?

    haha, as a fellow Aspie I can't tell you. One of my "weird obsessions" has always been spelling. So much so that instead of getting bent out of shape about other people's spelling, I just mentally correct it and keep going. Also, if generations of schoolteachers, newspapers, novelists, and other standard-bearers have not taught people through exposure to spell properly, I doubt Google is going to have any greater effect.

    I should apologise (apologize) for using occasional American spelling in my posts. I'm an American, but I'm trying to train myself to spell over here. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭ Thud


    Renumeration : recounting
    Remuneration : payment

    Specific / Pacific :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ my3cents


    Thud wrote: »
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    Specific / Pacific :)

    An ocean of difference. :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ my3cents


    One I have jut had to correct myself, berry was what I had typed but it looked wrong because what I meant was bury :(


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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,708 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    I often see 'debit' used instead of 'debt'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,091 ✭✭✭✭ P. Breathnach


    Discrete/discreet
    Fearsome/fearful


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 8 ✭✭✭ demelzareveley


    Answer/Reply


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ my3cents


    hyperthermia / hypothermia


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,821 Mod ✭✭✭✭ looksee


    Couple more medical(ish) ones, prostate and prostrate, ante and anti.


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