Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

S-P-O-N-T-A-N-E-O-U-S

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I am proud to announce the winner of the “Spot the Particularly Annoying Yet Somehow Funny Typo” award – my good friend Deanna! Congratulations, Deanna! You are the only person to notice that usually you spell ‘Spontaneous’ with a ‘t’ in the middle. I’m not entirely sure what Sponaneous ice cream is but I do know I am currently very amused by my silly mistake. I also like that no one else appears to have noticed so maybe I can still use this lino cut. I think I will frame it and hang it on my wall as a personal reminder to check my spelling FIVE times instead of just four.

I See!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I had a moment of ‘Ohhhh!’ yesterday while trying to find synonyms of the word “Business” in order to come up with a FANTASTIC title for a research brochure I am putting together for UWA. Some of you may remember an entry I wrote on 29 March (I can hear you all saying “Ahh… yes. I remember it well!”) where I complained about business not being spelt how it sounds. Well yesterday I discovered thanks to my good friend Wiktionary that the word business is derived from the Old English word ‘bisigness’, which is where we get ‘busy’ from. Where that damn ‘u’ fits in, I’m not sure, but at least we can now all see where the ‘i’ sound comes into it. Of course it also raises more questions such as “Where did that U comes from?” and “What sort of odd word is bisigness?” but no one has filled in those pages on Wiktionary so the answer remains unknown.

Busy Bizzy Busi

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The English language is a real odd-ball sometimes. I am currently receiving French tuition from a lovely French girl who loves language just as much as I do. When we sit and discuss the conjugation of French verbs and I ask questions that generally sound like, “Why do you say that?” we are constantly questioning the logic behind both the English and French languages. Sometimes it’s just plain STUPID. I think English takes the cake for Most Stupid Language in Existence, though. There are so many rules and so many exceptions to those rules resulting in the rules being wastes of time.

One of my biggest gripes is the fact that we don’t spell words how they sound. The fact that homophones and homonyms exist is just annoying. Life at primary school would have been so much more enjoyable if I hadn’t been forced to learn homophones. Actually, who am I kidding? I loved learning homophones but that’s because I’m a word nerd. This rant all stemmed from an email I was just writing. I was trying to write a version of the word “business” incorporating the word “whack.” I couldn’t decide how to spell it. Buswhack was my first option, an obvious derivative of business. But really that describes what happens when you get hit by a large people carrier. I then wanted to add an ‘i’ to create the right sound but business puts the ‘i’ after the ‘s’. I was oh so confused. I ended up writing ‘Bizwhack’ and avoiding the whole business concept and then wrote a lengthy explanation about what I was trying to write.

It amazes me how people can learn English when they have to get over the concept that “read” and “read” are both present and past tense. I suppose the French do similar things and I have recently discovered that there are about 5 additional tenses of French verbs that I was unaware of during my 7 years of French education. Excellent.
And now a short test for you all. Spot the error on this Sydney-based sign and win fabulous prizes!

Roed Closures sign

Good work, kids.

Lightbulb Moment

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I discovered today that I didn’t know how to spell Doyleys. Now I do.

D-O-Y-L-E-Y-S.