Oct 3rd 2011

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Grammar and Spelling news of the week!

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?

National Punctuation Day
Oxford English Dictionary adds the word “Kewl”
Rock and Pop spelling chaos
Google explains the grammar rules of +1

A Celebration of National Punctuation Day
September 24th was the 8th national punctuation day, celebrated by people and schools around the US to promote the importance of correct punctuation. Check out national punctuation day’s website for some correct punctuation tips and advice, and funny things about punctuation. I especially adored the Punctuation Meat Loaf recipe, and am absolutely planning to make myself a delicious semicolon for dinner sometime!

What punctuation mark would you be if you had to be one?

Too Kewl for School
Oxford English Dictionary recently considered the word “kewl” as a legitimate word and added it to the dictionary. “Kewl” is actually a misspelling of “cool” (though pronounced a little differently) and it joins slang word that were originally spelling mistakes, such as “phat”. The Oxford English Dictionary still marks it as slang, though, so I wouldn’t use it on an official document of any sort.

What do you think about including words that originated from spelling errors but seem to have a life of their own in an official dictionary?

Rock Bandz Spelling Chaos

Check out this super-cute image that took a bunch of music groups with bad spelling in their names, and treated it like it were a spelling test in school. What is it with rock bands and bad spelling? Is it on purpose or have all the lead singers miserably failed their spelling test in elementary school?

Google Explains the Grammar Rules of +1
In addition to grammar rules that should never be broken, there are some grammar and spelling conventions that are not very official, yet have been established as a general convention.

It’s interesting to see how with the quick progress of technology, comes a need for such grammar and spelling conventions that never existed before. When Google launched Google Plus, they made sure to add a little help page about the correct language usage of +1. Is it a noun? Verb? What’s the grammar and spelling convention that should be used when plussing someone?

Wishing you a terrific week, and stay spell-proofed!

Adva and the Ginger Team

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12 Responses to “Grammar and Spelling news of the week!”

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  2. MitchRodriquez @ English Atlanta on October 14th, 2011

    This article is so “kewl”. is that how oxford was trying to describe this word to be? It is kind of awkward but may be acceptable. it can be use when spoken but not on written I guess.

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