Oct 3rd 2012

Will phonetic spelling replace the current English spelling?

An article published in the New Zealand Herald suggested that the English language should try a new way of spelling…
Phonetic spelling!
This suggestion is based on the fact that some words have already been accepted to the The Oxford Dictionary such as tho (though) , thru (through) and luv (love).
In addition, recent studies of posts made to internet newsgroups show that more than 50 per cent of people misspelled minuscule, millennium and embarrassment. Quite common words such as definitely, preceding and separate were misspelled 20 per cent or more of the time.
Quoting the writer “it is much easier to use a phonetic writing system than a system which spelling and pronunciation are not clearly linked”, and he supports this notion with the face that languages related to English, but with more phonetic writing systems, are simpler and faster to learn. Moreover, Phonetic languages tend to lead to higher levels of adult literacy.
This is a very interesting proposition, which will no doubt help people to better express themselves. However, when writing on a computer there is always the possibility of using a grammar and spell checker software such as Ginger.
What should be emphasized is not the way words are spelled, but the importance of the correct way to write. Stressing out that this influences the way you are perceived should encourage people to use better grammar and spelling, and not just providing an easy way to write.
What do you guys think?
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Sep 30th 2012

Some Sunday fun!

Nothing like starting the day with a big smile =)

We wish you all a great week ahead!

The Ginger Team


Sep 27th 2012

Sep 19th 2012

Word Wednesday: Contronym

The English language has gone through some interesting evolutions, and one of them  is the creation of Contronym.

A Contronym is a word with two opposite meanings. Here are some interesting examples:

1. Bolt: secure (“He bolted the door”) but also to run away (“He got so afraid he bolted for the door”).

2. Off : could be either to stop (“turn that music off!”) or to start (“the alarm went off”).

3. Left: Remained (“I left you some apples“), or departed (“Elvis has left the building”).

4. Rock: An immobile mass of stone, being stable (“You can count on him, he’s a rock) or or a shaking or unsettling movement or action (“The mother rocked her baby to sleep”).

5. Dust means “to remove from” (“Please dust off this vase”) and “to add to” (“Dust the cake with cocoa”.

6. Can means “to save” (“She will can the peaches”) and “to discard” (
He’s about to can the worker”)

 7. Strike – hit (“the empire strikes back”) and also miss (in baseball)

More interesting examples here , here  and here,

If you have more interesting examples- let us know!

The Ginger Team


Sep 16th 2012

Some mistakes can be prevented!

Here’s a good reason why you need Ginger for your browser: it will prevent these mistakes.

Ginger can now be used on Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and many more, and will ensure you  don’t mix up “you’re” and “your”.

Happy Gingerging!

The Ginger Team