Oct 24th , 2011
Here is a collection of things we came across this past week. What have we here? Spelling, punctuation, dyslexia and food. Fun!
Dyslexia Awareness Month
October is Dyslexia awareness month. Developmental reading disorder (DRD), or dyslexia, occurs when there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language. About 5-10% of the population is affected by dyslexia. Do you have dyslexia? We would love to hear your stories if you have dyslexia and using Ginger helps you!
Check out the video below for a thorough inside look on dyslexia, who it affects, and a description of possible symptoms that will help you learn about it.
Frequent Question: One or Two Spaces After a Period?
Though this is not a question of correct spelling or grammar, but rather of correct punctuation, one of the most common questions we get here at Ginger is: “Should I use one space or two spaces after a period?”
Well, in the history of print, hand-printers used a special wider space to follow a period and make it clearer that a new sentence is beginning. When typewriters started, it was considered correct punctuation to use two spaces, to make it look like that wider space. Today, though, with the improvement of digitized typography, there is no need for that, as it’s obvious where a new sentence begins.
So, the answer from our correct punctuation people is clear: one space is absolutely enough.
Another Frequent Spelling Question: BBQ?
Our users seem to be hungry lately, because one of our top spelling questions recently was about the proper spelling of barbeque.
So, what is the correct spelling? Is it barbeque? Barbecue? BBQ? Bar-B-Q, or Bar-B-Que? Much like Ghadaffi, there are numerous spelling options going around for one small word, and it could be difficult to determine which spelling is correct.
We asked around a bit, and there seems to be a consensus among linguists (as much as they can agree on something) that the correct spelling is “barbecue”, which is derived from a Taino Indian word “barbacoa.”
Ginger, as you’ve probably noticed, approves these three spellings: barbecue, barbeque, or BBQ. While they may not be traditionally correct, these spellings have been around commonly and long enough for them to be considered a valid spelling. Personally, I prefer the barbeque version. It just sounds more delicious.
No matter which spelling you choose, take extra care and bon appetit!
Adva and the Ginger team
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