By C. Lynn Beck
Computers came out and we all cheered when we discovered the little wizard named Spell Cheque. Or is it Spell Check? Apparently, some Spell Chequers will allow either spelling. And that’s where the trouble comes in for most of us.
We mite re lie on Spell Check a tad to much and half a multitude of errors going out in our male … and inn our manuscripts.
Um-huh. See what I mean? All those errors in that sentence above, and not a single red underline to indicate something misspelled.
Recently, I ran across a site called, Accu-Assist, http://www.accu-assist.com/, which gives weekly grammar tips. Although they're a business site, they have an archive of commonly misspelled words that you might want to keep handy. That great and powerful wizard, Spell Check, is usually snoozin’ when these words come up and it’ll make you look like a literary genius when you spell them correctly.
(Info taken from the weekly grammar tips at Accu-Assist.)
You're a real trouper! (not trooper)
A sleight of hand (not slight)
A rite of passage (not right)
You piqued my interest. (not peaked)
Hear, hear! (not Here, here!)
Hear, hear!” is a phrase used often (especially by me) and I thought you might enjoy “hear, hearing” what Accu-Assist claims is the history behind it:
According to the "The Mavens' Word of the Day" at the Random House website, "hear, hear! " is a common cheer used at the British House of Commons as an expression of approval (or disapproval, if it's used sarcastically). The website goes on to explain: "As a parliamentary cheer, 'hear him, hear him!' is first recorded in the late seventeenth century and continued into the nineteenth; the reduction to 'hear!' or 'hear, hear!' occurred by the late eighteenth century." So next time you want to express your agreement with someone, you can shout, "Hear, hear!" However, if you write out this expression, don't be surprised if many people assume you have made a spelling error. You'll know better though!
There you have it. So, until next week (as they say in Canada) …“Keep your stick on the ice!”
C. Lynn’s other work:
Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers, "Horse on Lap", pg 83
Life is Like Riding a Unicycle by Shirley Bahlmann, "Priming the Pump, pg. 79
Ensign Magazine, Dec 2007-Q&A
2007 League of Utah Writer's Award-Historical Fiction Website
What books C. Lynn recommends:
You Know You're a Writer When ... by Adair Lara
The Writer's Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes
Publishing Secrets by LDS Storymakers (BJ Rowley and others)