Jun 19th 2013

The “A to Z” of Common Spelling Mistakes

Do you experience trouble when spelling specific words? Do you keep getting the spelling of ‘absolutely’ wrong, and wonder if you’re not alone? You aren’t!

In Ginger’s Spelling Book  you’ll find a wide selection of the top frequent spelling mistakes that people make when using Ginger as well as a breakdown of HOW people spell these words incorrectly. Let’s take a look at a couple examples:

“Alright”
When it comes to the word “alright” everything’s NOT “alright.” Usually the biggest

challenge when spelling “alright” is how many “L’s” are needed in the word, but our research shows that it is misspelled in a variety of other ways as well. Here is a breakdown of the different ways that are used to spell “alright.”

The most common alternative misspelling is “allright” with 30.13% of our users using this incorrect spelling. A list of the rest of the alternatives are in the chart to right.

“Zebra”

Ginger’s Spelling Book lists common spelling most common mistakes all the way from “A” to “Z.” Here are some fascinating ways that people have misspelled the word “Zebra.”

Coming in at number one is “izabrao” with 2.16% of the misspellings using this error. The rest are listed in the chart to the left.

What word do you have the most difficulty spelling? Write it in the comment section below.

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Jun 17th 2013

Ginger’s Android App Update!

Get the most out of your Ginger keyboard with Ginger’s new correct-as-you-type feature!

Ginger Spelling and Grammar Keyboard is a free, simple-to-use Android app that corrects typos, errors and misused words. Its revolutionary user interface maximizes your mobile productivity anywhere and anytime.

With this new feature, users can correct full texts as they type or with a single click when they finish writing. Additional updates include:

* Performance improvements and bug fixes
* New and improved user interface
* Improved quality of corrections

“The app saves time by giving you the ability to quickly proofread text…. [Ginger] should be a mainstay on your device….” – AppStorm

Use it to correct your text messages, Whatsapp messages, Gmail and Outlook emails, and even social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and more – it’s the only grammar and spelling app that understands your terminology, names and even slang!

What are you waiting for? Start communicating better NOW!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gingersoftware.android.keyboard

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Jun 16th 2013

Origins of the Word “Father”

Happy Father’s Day!
The first Father’s Day first was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Today, Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world, usually on the 3rd Sunday of June. We know about the origin of Father’s Day (it was created as a response to Mother’s Day just over 100 years ago) but what about the origin of the word “Father?”

The English word father can be traced to a the following languages:

From Middle English: fader
From Old English: fæder
From Proto-Germanic: fadēr

The word “father” also has connections to the following ancient languages:
Latin: pater, Ancient Greek: πατήρ (patēr), and Sanskrit: पितृ (pitṛ).

What about the word “dad?”

The first known record of the word “dad” was around the year 1500. Scholars suggest that the origin of the word “dad” actually comes from the first noises that kids make. “Dad” or “dada” also sounds similar in many different languages and consists of two similar sounding consonants.

In Welsh: tad
Irish daid:
Czech, Latin and Greek: tata
Lithuanian: tete
Sanskrit: tatah

No matter how you say it, Ginger wishes you and your dad a wonderful day!

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Jun 12th 2013

How to Write a Great Resume

How to write a great resume
The difference between a good resume and great resume can often be boiled down to two things: formatting and relevancy. Make your resume short and sweet. Choose quality over quantity when it comes to your skills, experiences and references and tailor each version of your resume to the specific company and industry that you are applying for.

Your resume should tell your potential employer who you are (contact info) and what you can do (skills) while providing examples of your qualifications, references and work experience. Triple check your contact information, did you spell your name correctly?

Does it fit your field?
Different industries often have different formats for resumes. Use Google to find resume templates formatted for your specific field. If you are applying to an energy company as an engineer you would not use the same resume format as a piano teacher!

Elaborate on the right skills and strengths
Outline all of your relevant strengths but make sure you are not wasting your space and the reader’s time by listing irrelevant skills and strengths. It may have been cool to have been a fraternity party DJ five years ago, but it will not increase your employability at the bank.

Limit to one page
Many employers admit to favoring resumes that are limited to one sheet. A one page resume shows that you can prioritize and know how to summarize your achievements in an easy to read format. When writing your resume be inspired by Twitter: keep it short and sweet. Today we are used to digesting short and relevant snippets of information and your resume should reflect this.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
Nothing spells “unprofessionalism” like a spelling mistake on your resume! Once you finish writing your resume carefully proofread it section by section. To be 100% sure that is free of spelling and grammar mistakes, download Ginger’s free proofreader!

Use these tips to make your resume the best that it can be. What tips can you add?

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Jun 4th 2013

How to Write a Great Blog

Blogs (a contraction of the words “web” and “log”) have grown rapidly since the late 1990’s. Everyday blogs become easier and easier to create, edit and enhance. Blogs are so popular nowadays that 2 new blogs are created every second! With nearly 200,000 new blogs being created each day, what can you do to make your blog stand out?

Pick a topic that you are either knowledgeable or passionate about
Share your excitement! If you have been building model airplanes for the last 20 years, share your knowledge! Start with the who, what, where and why of your subject.

Even if you are not the leading expert on the subject that you want to write about, if you have passion you can use that to fuel some great writing. For example, let’s say that you are applying for a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Document your journey. Share your search strategies, successes and frustrations that you experience along the way.

Use your blog to make the application process easier for others who want to follow in your path.

Write short paragraphs
The shorter your paragraph, the more likely you are to keep your reader reading. The longer the paragraph, the higher the chances are that the reader will lose their place and stop reading.

Keep the reader on your blog!
At the end of your blog post, write a few sentences highlighting and linking to another post on your blog that would be relevant to the reader.

Use pictures
Post at least one image with each blog post. Use free programs like Instagram or Pixlr-o-matic to edit and enhance your pictures.

Connect with similar bloggers
Find other bloggers that write about similar topics and connect with them. Add their blogs to a “blog reel” (blogs that you support) and ask them to do the same.

What blogging tips can you add?

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