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Gratuitous pet peeve post

There's a finite number of correct ways to spell "definite" in English. That number is one.

See? Mnemonic. Spread the word.

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hardrada
Dec. 30th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
Out of interest, how would you go about encouraging the correct spelling of "separate"?
emeraldsedai
Dec. 30th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
God. No clue. Memorize it, maybe? Or wait, I know: spell-checker!

I have dim memories of my first-grade teacher saying something about "your Pa." Like maybe, "nobody can separate you and your pa."

And there are Romance languages with their actual pronunciation of vowels. Saying séparer or défini makes the correct vowel pretty clear.

Gah. English! Too many schwas. Gah. Americans! Not enough foreign language training.
kernelm
Dec. 30th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh ooh, your post reminded me of my high school sophomore English teacher telling us there's "a rat" in separate. (We were doing "A Separate Peace" at the time.) Don't know what exactly the justificaton for why there's a rat in separate, but it's stuck with me ever since. :-P
talitha78
Dec. 30th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
hahaha! :)
seraphina_pyra
Dec. 30th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
hee
skripka
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
So totally one of my peeves.
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