Yearly Archives: 2011
Dec 29th 2011
Dec 26th 2011
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Dec 7th 2011
Holiday Special! Black Friday fraud, cranberry takeover, and holiday gifts for the grammatically challenged
For those of you who have celebrated Thanksgiving, we hope it was a delicious and meaningful one. For those of you who haven’t had the chance, we’re going to try and make up for it with this holiday special spelling news flash!1 Comment
Nov 29th 2011
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Nov 8th 2011
How do you spell ‘dilemma’? Do you spell ‘dilemma’ or ‘dilemna’?
I recently played a game of spelling bee with my friend Sam. When the word dilemma came up he was certain that ‘d-i-l-e-m-n-a’ was the correct spelling. To settle our dilemma, we ran a quick spell check online and found out that many English users had encountered the same spelling question. Fascinated by this mysterious puzzle, I embarked on a quest to get to the bottom of this common spelling mistake.
For readers who are not sure of what ‘dilemma’ means, it refers to the situation when a difficult choice has to be made between two or more equally desirable (or undesirable) alternatives. For example, ‘I’m in a dilemma. I am not sure if I should stay at my current job and get a salary increase, or move on to a more satisfying job that pays less.’
The origin of the word comes from the Greek. Some online users proposed that the mistake originated from book misprints (m and n are easily confused!) while others suggested it was colonial error. Many swear that they were taught the ‘mna’ spelling throughout their education, and posted photos of decade old dictionaries to prove it. Others simply ridicule the -mna spelling. Ginger, in case you were wondering, does not recognize it as correct spelling.
So where does this mistake come from? There are many ongoing debates online, but none of it comes close to a consensus on the origin of the mistake. As the Linguistic Society of America puts it, the English language is always evolving to adapt to users’ needs. Whichever spelling you are used to, we all have to admit that language is a beautiful, yet complex creation, isn’t it? Being complex as it is, remember to always spell check your writing…
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Wishing you a dilemma-free week,
Joy and the Ginger team1 Comment
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!6 Comments
Oct 3rd 2011
We thought we’d put together a little collection of the most interesting grammar or spelling news we came across this past week. If you’re not following us on Facebook yet, check it out! There’s plenty more on our page.
So what happened in the world of grammar this week?12 Comments
Sep 15th 2011
A new study, published in Cognitive Science journal, shows that even very young toddlers are able to understand English grammar. Most two year olds can already understand a good amount of words, and combine two or three words together, but cannot yet form full length sentences with English grammar. A new research suggests that even before toddlers are able to form full sentences, they can understand English grammar constructions and use those to understand complex conversations.1 Comment
Aug 22nd 2011