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Questions tagged [orthography]

This tag is for questions concerning the written representation of the English language, especially spelling and word breaks (including hyphenation).

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Prime-square or prime-squared? [on hold]

I am not so sure which one is the correct spelling. When we try to say a square/cube of a prime, we should call it a "prime-squared/cubed" or a "prime-square/cube" number? It sounds to me that "...
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The Middle English spelling of 'Jesus' [closed]

The meaning of the depicted word, in my opinion, is "Jesus", but what is its (page 98) Lk.2:27 spelling?
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Spelling changes

There was a word I learned to spell when I was 11 in which there was a silent G. It is no longer used. Right now I cannot remember the word, but I am interested in finding out how to locate U.S. ...
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The meaning of the Middle English word “king” [on hold]

Why was the word (?verb?) "king" used in this (page 63) Mk.2:6 part of the Wycliffe Bible? The King James Version Mk.2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their ...
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The name of the letter, which is related to two English letters “gh” [duplicate]

What is the name of the marked letter, which in my opinion relates to the two modern English letters "gh"?
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The etymology and the Middle English spelling of “beginning” [on hold]

This question is about historical spelling, but in my opinion the knowledge of the historical spelling relates with the etymology knowledge. The questions are: 1. Is the fourth letter in image 1 (y) ...
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What is the use of the double L in Llama and double A in Aardvark? [duplicate]

Always wanted a clear explanation as to why these animals had double letters at the beginning of the spelling. What’s up with that?
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“Sic on” or “Sick on”? [closed]

What is the actual spelling of "sic"/"sick" in a phrase like "I will sic my dog on you"? This is a tricky one to look up in an online dictionary, every match seems to be referring to an editor's mark ...
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Is it deodoriser/deodorizer/deodouriser/deodourizer? In British English as well as American [closed]

British English would usually use "-our" and "-ser" and American English would use "-or" and "-zer". I don't seem to find an appropriate answer to this. Which combination is actually correct for ...
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Should it be “doxxed/doxxing” or “doxed/doxing”?

The Oxford Style Guide says, for example, that: When the final consonant is w, x, or y this is not doubled: tow, towing, towed vex, vexing, vexed However, it seems that doxxed/doxxing ...
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Is it Decryptor or Decrypter? [duplicate]

I'm coding a decryption service and wondering which is the best name, Decryptor or Decrypter I had a quick look online and it appears -er and -or convert a verb to an agent noun, however is one ...
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f instead of f***, fking instead of f**king, etc. for each form of this word

In a nonfiction narrative where the character is constantly using this word, is it acceptable to use f, fking, etc., instead of the full spelling? The character is being quoted, but I just don't want ...
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Verb for action; “Actioning”

I am currently writing an email to office management. I am asking for office management to action a fix. I want to ask them in a polite manner. The sentence I have: "Please consider actioning a fix."...
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Different etymologies for spoken and written forms

I know a word in another language which appears at first to have a highly irregular spelling that does not match the pronunciation. However, further examination suggests that the spoken and written ...
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What's the word after Gucci and Hermes?

Here is the link of the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Y5i77gpwY And in about 0:07, there is an expression Rocking the next Gucci ? or Hermes ? and I can't figure out what words should ...
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Shouldn't we spell “extrovert” as “extravert”? [closed]

I saw the spelling extrovert in a text, but I intuitively felt that the correct spelling is extravert. I did a little research and read that extravert is commonly used in scientific/technical ...
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Why father’s first letter is capital [duplicate]

After they had their supper, Father went into the living-room to watch TV. Why use Father not father?
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spatio or spatial

Searching the Google scholar, "spatio-temporal" returnn 778,000 hits, "spatial-temporal" returns 798,000 hits, "spatial-temporal scales" returns 3,620 hits, "spatio-temporal scales" returns 13,...
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Cedent or Cedant

In insurance it is very common to refer to a company who cedes some risk, but the spelling is inconsistent. Sometimes it is spelt "cedent" and sometimes it is spelt "cedant". Which is more correct? ...
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What did Colbert mean by “bedude form"?

In his most recent monologue on The Late Show, the comedian host Stephen Colbert, gently mocked a New York Times reporter's style of writing (watch the excerpt on YouTube) “500 words” she whispered,...
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Orthograpy of /æ/ in unstressed syllables

Some words like: magnificent /mæɡˈnɪfəsənt/, anesthesia /ˌæn.əs.ˈθi.ʒə/, acrobat /ˈæk.ɹo.bæt/ accidentally /ˌæksəˈdɛnt(ə)li/, aluminium /ˌæl(j)uˈmɪn.j.əm/, satisfaction /sætɪsˈfækʃən/ have an ...
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Which is the preferred spelling, “byproduct,” “by-product,” or “by product?”

I've seen the word "byproduct" written several different ways and I'm wondering which is the preferred format? Is this a variation between US and British English or just a matter of a "house style?"
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Correct wording/spelling for our company's new slogan [closed]

I work for a small company (located in Italy) which makes websites and sells/repairs computers. Right now we are in the process of creating a new logo and updating our slogan / corporate design. My ...
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Why do we liquefy when we also solidify (but not soledefy)?

I always misspell liquefy and it drives me nuts. Solids will (or, I suppose, have) solidify but liquids apparently miss out on the chance to liquidify. Instead they have to liquefy I'm sure this is ...
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Why is “make do” considered correct

Why is "make do" considered correct? I am specifically not asking why "make due" grinds people's gears, how distressing they find it, or what they feel "make do" would mean. Lacking an etymology, ...
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Full-stack vs Full Stack, Back-end vs Back end, Front-end vs Front end

Software Developers use the dash interchangeably for these terms. Front-end meaning one works on the "Front End" of an application (e.g. HTML), Back-end meaning one works on the "Back End" of an ...
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friend of the familyname's or familynames [duplicate]

Is it "John is a friend of the Smith's." or "John is a friend of the Smiths." ? Thank you for your answer :)
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Why do we spell the word “who” with a silent “w” when it isn’t needed?

If we spelled who without the W – making it ho like with do and to — it could still make sense, so why is there a silent W in the word who?
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Co-pay vs copartnership: Prefix hyphenation in AmE

In AmE, we tend to close up prefixes like co-, re-, pre-, post-, etc. unless the first letter of the main word is the same vowel as the last letter of the prefix. But I see some exceptions like ...
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“miss assessed” “miss-assessed” or “misassessed”?

I googled this, and I am getting ambiguous results. In books, even in legal documents, I can find examples of "misassess", "miss assess" and "miss-assess". What is the correct way to spell this verb? ...
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'Histogramed' or 'histogrammed'?

The following rule (or 'rule', this being English) is sometimes quoted: If a word has two or more syllables, double the final consonant when adding a suffix if and only if the final syllable is ...
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Is “commerical” a valid and different word from “commercial”? [closed]

Googling, I see many places using the spelling commerical, but I don't see that spelling in any dictionaries at all. Is it a mistake for commercial, or are these two different words?
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“25th De­cem­ber” vs “25 De­cem­ber”: Should I use or­di­nals or car­di­nals for the day of the month?

In one of the IELTS lis­ten­ing tests, there is a fill-out-the-blank ques­tion read­ing: The mu­seum is not open on ___. My an­swer was “25th De­cem­ber”. How­ever, the of­fi­cial an­swer is “25 ...
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Is the edh ð always curved, or can it be straight?

I'm wondering about the orthography of the old english edh ð. It is always drawn (lowercase) as a curved d with the line through it. But I'm wondering if it would be acceptable to just have it be a ...
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How homogeneous was Old English spelling?

Are varying spellings available, or was Old English rather uniform, as far as the sources show? Variant spelling may have indicated different verbal dialects, but written dialects, involuntary eye ...
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“Testbed” or “test bed”? [duplicate]

"A testbed is a platform for conducting rigorous, transparent, and replicable testing of scientific theories, computational tools, and new technologies" (Wikipedia). While Wikipedia seems to prefer "...
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nonclassical vs. non-classical

I've seen both spellings many times, i.e. on Wikipedia, Dictionary.com and dozens of papers. I was wondering if there is a difference between US, Canadian, Australian and British spelling or if you ...
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Why do people leave out the “r” on the word your? [closed]

I have noticed that a common error in typed documents (Including my own) is that often the letter "r" is left off the word your. Does anybody have any idea why? I do note that sometimes when ...
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Difference between /əʳ/ and /ɚ/

Consider the word 'future.' Cambridge Dictionary shows the transcriptions /ˈfjuːtʃəʳ/ and /ˈfjuːtʃɚ/. Are they different?
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Is it ladle or laddle? [closed]

The author of a book I'm working on insists that a ladle, a serving spoon for soup or stew, is spelled laddle. A quick Google search pulled results of ladle, but most shopping sites and Youtube ...
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Why is “poison” used in the word “food poisoning”? [closed]

The word "poison" has stronger feeling but we used in the "food poisoning". According to Merriam - Webster online dictionary, definition of "food poisoning": an acute gastrointestinal disorder ...
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Journalist cum Researcher - without hyphens [closed]

As seen here. I’m a WordPress Journalist cum Researcher who can turn the torrent of words into something of an acceptable length. Does the use of the word "cum", assuming from latin, work in this ...
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What is the plural of the noun “go” (as in “have a go”)? [closed]

If I were to try to achieve something you could say I "had a go". If I tried it multiple times, how would I write that down? I had many goes or I had many go's or I had many gos
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“Naïve” yet “naivety”?

I am used to spelling "naïve" thus - "naïve". I am also used to Microsoft Word automatically changing "naive" to "naïve". Hence, I was surprised when it didn't change "naivety" to "naïvety". I then ...
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Is travell still an accepted variant of travel?

The word travell caught my eye recently. It seems it's an archaic version of travel. But is it still in use ? AmEng traveled/traveling BrEng travelled/travelling But both AmEng and BrEng use travel ...
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Correct spelling of 'timestamp': one or two words?

Something I'm wondering about is the correct usage of the word(s) 'timestamp'. I don't know whether it's one (timestamp) or two (time stamp) words, and googling for the answer doesn't help me in ...
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Pipelineable/pipelinable? [duplicate]

In computer science, pipelining is a common technique used to increase the throughput of processing units, both in the context of hardware and software. When describing a context that are amenable to ...
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To improve the carbon footprint vs. to reduce the carbon footprint

Y'all know the carbon footprint, describing the CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere by a company etc.. I am pretty unsure, if it needs to be to "improve" or to "reduce" the carbon footprint. ...
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The use of “en-” vs “em-” as a verb prefix

The prefix en- (from French) has a variant spelling em-. (This is also associated, although I believe imperfectly, with the use of the sound /m/ in the pronunciation of the prefix.) Although the ...
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I need to know what would you call someone that “Believes everyone is the same” such as addicts/alcholics [closed]

I hate STIGMA , I am bipolar and a recovering addict. I get treated the same as someone who is still being destructive. I AM SICK OF PEOPLE JUDGING ME AND NOT GIVING ME CHANCES because the term "...