Bite-sized Tips No. 13: Spellings Part 10 – By the Sea

Spellings Part 10  By the Sea

IMG_1677The weather was miserable when I looked up the first of the sea words in today’s list (because the spellchecker in Word didn’t like seabed), so I let myself get carried away for a few minutes thinking about beaches, sand and sunshine and looked up a few more. I must admit, I was surprised to find that the New Oxford Style Manual says sea horse is two words, especially as the Microsoft spellchecker does not mark seahorse as being incorrect. You live and learn.

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Bite-sized Tips No. 12: Spellings Part 9 – All One Word Again

Spellings Part 9 – All One Word Again

Post box KingsdownHere are a few more spellings I’ve come across during my translation travels, some of which are not recognised by the spellchecker in Word. They all happen to be one word as well. As some of them are closed compound nouns (two words that have been put together to form a new term), the Microsoft spellchecker might not let you know that you should not have written them separately.

Please note that the bite-sized tips series is based on the New Oxford Style Manual, so spellings may vary in other style guides.

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Bite-sized Tips No. 11: Spellings Part 8 – Only One Word

Spellings Part 8  Only One Word

BH6Another quick list of ten spellings today as they are all one word. This might sound easy, but given that most of them are closed compound nouns (two words that have been put together to form a new term), the Microsoft spellchecker might not let you know that you should not have written them separately.

Please remember that all the bite-sized tips entries are based on the New Oxford Style Manual, so spellings may vary in other style guides.

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Bite-sized Tips No. 8: Spellings Part 5 – Mostly Points & Hyphens

Spellings Part 5 – Mostly Points & Hyphens

Lantern2The more I do these bite-sized tips, the more I realise how desperately illogical English can be sometimes. I wonder how many of these spellings will still be valid a few years down the line. In the meantime, for the pedants among us, here’s another list of ten, which includes some more UK and US differences.

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Bite-sized Tips No. 5: Spanish Place Names

Spanish Place Names according to the New Oxford Style Manual

IMG_0922Most of these places in Spain in the list below are obvious and/or there’s no change. However, surprisingly (and randomly), some lose their accents and others don’t. The English versions all appear in the New Oxford Spelling Dictionary and/or the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors.

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Bite-sized Tips No. 3: Spellings Part 2 – Ten You Should Know

Spellings Part 2 – Ten You Should Know

180716_1864029438822_356710_nUnfortunately, the spellchecker in Word doesn’t catch all our errors, especially if we hyphenate words or it doesn’t agree with the style guide we’re using (in my case, for my work and this post, the New Oxford Style Manual). Below is a list of ten spellings that I have come across in my work and which sometimes cause difficulties. This is the second of the spelling lists in the bite-sized tips series.

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