Dec 31st 2012

Monday Mistakes – Famous Spelling Fails of 2012!

2012 is almost over! We’ve taken the time to check some very funny spelling fails this year.

1. A Better AMERCIA

Our runner-up in this list features the runner-up in the American presidential elections Mitt Romney. During his campaign, Romney had his team create an iPhone app where people could upload a picture of themselves, and then have a pro-Romney campaign slogan superimposed over their photo. Pretty simple right? Unfortunately not. The developer spelled AMERICA wrong. Yes AMERICA. Rather than “A BETTER AMERICA, I’m with Mitt”, the slogan was spelled “A BETTER AMERCIA.” Yikes! Major fail. Of course his opponents had a field day with this screw up and made their own mocking versions of this “AMERCIA” typo. Sometimes all AMERCIA needs is a spell checker!

2. Olympic Torch Barer

This typo is of Olympic proportions! When Jerri Peterson was chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Derby back in June, she decided to celebrate the occasion with a tattoo. She had always wanted a tattoo and this was the perfect occasion to get one. Unfortunately, this the word Olympic was spelled “Oylmpic” rather than “Olympic.” Ouch! Luckily it was raining the day that she had to run with the torch so her pants covered up this embarrassing type. In the end, she ended up laughing it off and despite her apologetic tattoo artist’s pleas to let him fix it, she decided to keep this unique reminder of her Olympic experience.

3. How to spell OHIO?

Joining Mitt Romney on the presidential campaign fail circuit is Barak Obama. While meeting some fans in the state of Ohio, Obama joined them in a Village People-esque spelling of OHIO using their arms. On the first try, Obama is the H, but in the 3rd spot rather than the 2nd which spelled O-I-H-O. Perhaps he was just spelling it backwards? Hopefully this was not the reason for his slim 3% win in this battleground state.

We wish you all a happy new year, free of spelling mistakes & grammar errors!

The Ginger Team

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Dec 19th 2012

3 Ways to Avoid The Worst Email Mistakes

We have all experienced the embarrassing feeling right after we sent an email and realize that we have misspelled a simple word, forgot to upload an attachment, accidently CC’d the recipients rather than using BCC or done anything else to immediately make us wish that we could UNDO the email we just sent. After we notice the mistake, we usually have a negative feeling nagging us in the back of our heads, distracting us from work and causing us to dread the upcoming reply.

Each week 100′s of emails fly in and out of our inboxes, and usually there are a couple notable mistakes within this number. We are constantly sending emails while eating, jogging, walking, talking and during all of the other activities that fill up our busy days. Not as much effort goes into checking over what we have sent and modern correspondence comes with so many embarrassing mistakes.

Here are 3 simple ways in which you can make your emails error free. Enjoy!

1. Get a great grammar and spell checker such as Ginger
Whether you are emailing an employee, friend, boss or relative, spelling and grammar mistakes always ruin the entire message. Often, the glaring error will be burned into the recipient’s memory. Ginger works as a browser extension that will highlight and spelling or grammar mistakes and let you easily fix them before hit send. Also, you can use Ginger to perfect documents and emails when you use MS Office.

Spelling and grammar checkers have been around for a long time and have become a basic requirement for every word processing or email service. However, one of the major barriers that distinguish these softwares from human editors is that they don’t “understand” context. For example, the phrase “let’s sea” was obviously not what the writer intended (Ginger would suggest “see”). Ginger is also available to Android users in the Google Play store.

2. Start your email by uploading attachments.
It is very easy to forget to attach those documents that you worked so hard on to create. We all have hit the send button before we have hit the upload option and it sucks. There is nothing worse than sending a document or image for feedback and getting the response “where are the attachments” rather than glowing feedback. Get into the habit of starting your emails with an upload and you will avoid this annoying mistake.

3. Utilize Gmail’s “Undo Send” Feature.
Did you finish your perfect email and hit send button only to immediately realize that you missed something, sent it to the wrong person or attached the wrong picture? There IS a solution to this grave error. The geniuses at Google have created a feature called “Undo Send” which lets you stop messages from being sent for a few seconds AFTER you hit send. Replace that feeling of dread with relief with this awesome feature. Just go to “settings,” then “labs” and hit “enable” next to the UNDO SEND feature to get started!

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Nov 21st 2012

Ginger Goes Mobile!

We are VERY proud to present our newest addition to the Ginger platforms:

Ginger’s grammar and spell checker for Android!

Adapted to the most updated Google OS- Jelly Bean – Ginger now supports texts that are written on any mobile app, such as emails, text messages, Facebook statuses or just the To Do list. Our adapted algorithm allows to proofread the texts you write, even to auto correct the auto-correct!

Cutting edge technology. We are proud to be the first to add to Google’s own spellchecker as part of the new Jelly Bean OS, announced on August 2012, which allows developers to create their own spelling checker service and upload it.

How does it work? This adaptation of our sophisticated patent-pending is similar to the desktop suite & browser extensions, by understanding the context and semantic meaning of written text and then promoting relevant suggestions.

Ginger grammar and spelling for Android

How to install Ginger mobile

1. Download Ginger

2. Click “enable” button, which will lead you to your device spelling engine list.

3. Select Ginger from this list

4. Click the “back” button

5. Open any text message, email or any other text app and start writing!

So if you’re a proud owner of an Android mobile device with Jelly Bean- download Ginger and keep the same high level of your writing!

Don’t forget to rate us!

Happy Gingering,

The Ginger Team

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Nov 7th 2012

Wednesday word: You’re vs. your !

Many of our users get confused when using you’re or your. Of course, the example above shows mistakes both in spelling and grammar.

So let’s explain:

You’re is a contraction for “you are”. For example, “you’re amazing”, “you’re smart”, “You’re not really wearing that are you?”

Your, on the other hand, is a possessive adjective. It tells us that something that belongs to you. For example, “your dog”, “your unicorn”, “what is your favorite color”?

Happy Gingering!

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Oct 21st 2012

Is text messaging bad for the English language?

Onlineschools.com published an interesting infographic portraying the current English language as affected by text messaging.

What do you think? Is this the beginning of the end for the English language as we know?

Happy Gingering,

The Ginger Team

 

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