After years of not remembering, the only way I could finally remind myself how to spell “occasionally” was to make up a personal mnemonic: “The external consonants are doubled, the internal ones are not.”
I’ll continue using my 15th Edition for a while yet, until I can manage to buy a copy of the 16th. It’s exciting to see the new, most up-to-date version coming out, but my faithful orange book has a lot of mileage in her yet.
If you’re one of those people who sees a typo on a grocery store sign and just goes mad, wanting to eradicate the error from the face of the earth, you’ll be cheering and waving your pom poms at this story.
The XKCD web comic highlights a problem we’ve probably all noticed — and perpetuated — in comments we add to sites like YouTube, Facebook, or even on newspaper articles and blogs. This is kind of a wakeup call we should all pay attention to: I found this comic through the Learn Your Damn Homophones site.… Read more