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




Sep 2nd 2012

Foreign words that should be added to the English language

The English language is known to be a very rich language, with many English words adapted to foreign languages. But what about the opposite? Here’s a list of our favorite foreign words that should be translated and added to the English dictionary.

We hope you enjoy, feel free to contribute to this list!


1. Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut.

2. Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An unwelcome favor, an act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they still did that act anyway.

3. Gigil (pronounced Gheegle; Filipino): Trembling or gritting of the teeth in response to a situation that overwhelms your self-control, specifically when seeing something very cute (for example, a baby).

4. Pochemuchka (Russian): A person who asks too many questions.

5. Mokita (New Guinean):  A truth we all know but agree not to talk about

6. Pesamenteiro (Portuguese): It is someone who goes to a funeral, or the house of the mourning family, for the food and drink that is expected to be served instead of to offer their condolences.

7. Shemomedjamo (Georgian): To eat past the point of being full just because the food tastes good.

8. Pilkunnussija (Finnish): A person with exceptional and unnecessary attention to detail, and specifically a person who believes it is their destiny to stamp out all spelling and punctuation mistakes.

Read more at: http://www.cracked.com, and

The Ginger Team


Aug 29th 2012

Ginger reaches 1 Billion queries!

We are proud to announce Ginger reached 1 Billion questions!
This means our users sent by now over 1 Billion English Grammar, spelling and context mistakes, as you can see on our counter.

We are very excited about this, and hope you continue to enjoy Ginger!

The Ginger Team


Aug 22nd 2012

Ginger Software is proud to announce another round of funding!

We are proud to announce that we have completed an extended round of funding with a $5 million investment from Horizons Ventures, the venture capital fund owned by Mr Li Ka-­‐shing, and Harbor Pacific Capital, a Silicon Valley-­‐based venture firm.
In addition, the company received $400,000 from current investors.
Ginger Software had already raised $6.3 million in a previous financing round from Vaizra Ventures and previous investors. This brings Ginger’s total investment close to $21 million to date. Frank Meehan, from Horizons Ventures, will join Ginger Software as a board member.

In addition, we have a new website! let us know what you think and help us spread the word. We are very excited about the direction Ginger is heading, and hope you all join us!

The Ginger Team