Monthly Archives: August 2011

Aug 22nd 2011

Caution! Spelling mistakes ahead!

Sneaky spelling mistakes can hide in the most important places – not only in your emails, business docs, and personal notes, but also in surprising places at the side of the road.

There are several common types of mistakes we see a lot at Ginger:

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  • Typos: accidentally switching between two consequent letters in a word, using letters that are close by on the keyboard, etc.
  • Repetition of letters or symbols: this is a very common mistake that is rather unique to typing (not very common when handwriting, I suspect…)
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  • While the types of mistakes above are rather easy for a spell-checker to catch and fix, the third type is the trickiest. Those are homophones – words that sound the same, but have a different meaning. Doe and dough, flu and flew, wail and whale. Such words can be very wrong in the context they are used, but are still a legit word.  This is why it’s important to use a context-based spell checker, that not only checks that each word is correct, but makes sure you use it correctly within your entire sentence.
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Holler at us if you come across any funny misspelled signs, and don’t forget to proofread!

Wishing you a great week,

Adva and the Ginger team.

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Aug 11th 2011

What makes a word a word?

One of the challenges of developing a strong spell checker is creating a database of words that are considered correct; or rather the question of how we decide what word is a word?
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