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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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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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English Dictionary in one text file [migrated]

Is there a free dictionary in one text file or in a database format that I can download please? Many thanks.
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How homogenous 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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(Bodybuilding) Squat and squats, curl and curls, row and rows, lunge and lunges etc

I'm looking at bodybuilding exercises and I see that some of them named: barbell bicep curl, cable bicep curl, concentration curl but at the same time: crucifix curls, hammer curls, spider curls. Are '...
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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 "...
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Was ''millionth'' once spelled as ''millioneth''?

I've seen ''millioneth'' a few times in older books. Dictionaries seem to all say ''millionth''. Is ''millioneth'' simply incorrect or could it be that it is an old non-standard spelling.
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Why does “inferred” have two Rs while “inference” doesn't?

Earlier today I spelled "infered" with one R and my handy editor promptly added some red squiggles. Acknowledging the error of my ways I added the missing R happy carried only writing my document. ...
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Spelling of own method in publication

I am about to publish my machine learning method which I called "Run-clustering" (obviously I use a different word than "Run", I use it as a place holder here, since my paper is not published yet). I ...
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“do you have” pronounced [djuv] d'you've

I hear contraction d'you've from "do you have" quite often, broadly [djuv], yet google throws back no result for such a phonetic word. I'd like to know how it's orthographically represented. For ...
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Why is “Rectangled” not accepted usage? [closed]

Why is “Rectangled” not accepted usage (MS Word (and MS Outlook) always consider it a mistake)? For example, here is the usage in a sentence: Select the “CTF” entry (rectangled above), and then ...
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The use of any in this sentence

I want to know if both sentences are correct : Written permission for any such copying. Written permission for anything such copying.
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Any advice for agentive suffixes of single-syllable words ending in y?

I got stuck on whether I should say I'm a frequent flier or flyer. I came across an article on writingexplained.com and it confirmed pretty much what I suspected, that there's no consensus on the ...
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Where can I make a line break in “predesign”? [closed]

At which point can I make a line break in predesign?
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When to use -ial and -al in forming adjectives, like pictorial and electoral

I have some adjectives that have either -ial or -al in the end. Two duo suffixes are same in meaning. Words sufixed with -ial: Luxorial, pictorial, advertorial, editorial, Words suffixed with -al:...
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Are you able to interpret the word '' in '' at this paragraph?

Paragraph : They found that people were more honest when they were watched by eyes than when there were pictures of flowers. They put times as much money in.
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Spelling of temperature and preparation

Today, I have come up with the two confusingly-spelled words: temperature and preparation. The 'para' in preparation, and the 'pera' in temperation, look quite similar in pronunciation when we read ...
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Use of “the Earth” or Earth? [duplicate]

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about my grammar when discussing planets: "Branch Technology is revolutionizing the use of 3-D printing to create architectural elements and structures that will ...
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Why doesn't English spelling vary with region that much?

Even though English spelling is so irregular, native speakers still share a common writing system with little regional difference. When you refer to the moving organ in your mouth, you may pronounce ...
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Difference between “under”, “underneath”, “below” and “beneath”

It leads me to the confusion, when it comes to contradicting between some prepositions. Today, I want to know the distinction between the two similar senses of these prepositions: under, underneath, ...
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Is it necessary to use “will” twice on the text below

Thanks for your feedback. We will make the changes and be ready for tomorrow’s call
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Is it me or does Grammarly have it wrong: “Your” vs “You're” [closed]

My friend and I are having a debate whether the following is wrong your saying Grammarly is wrong and your smarter. since it's the wrong your. But Grammarly seems to not pick up on it, is it ...
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Is there any use for ¿ in English language?

I know that ¿ is used in Spanish language to make questions. But I never saw that in English language. Do we use "¿" for something in English language? I've found info about irony ponctuation but I ...
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Is “buffeted” the AmE version of the BrE word “buffetted”?

I am referring to the use of the verb "to buffet" meaning "(especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently; batter." The use of "buffeted" and "buffeting" is widespread. However use ...
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I know a word when I see it , but do not know how to spell it on my own [closed]

What is it called when you know a word when you see it. But can not spell it on your own
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“Shaw” → “Shavian” – why “v”?

The spelling for the adjective derived from the name Shaw is Shavian and not Shawian. Similarly you can find Arrow → Arrovian and Harrow → Harrovian. This strikes me as odd. First of all, I accept ...
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initialised or initialized which one is correct spelling? [duplicate]

I have often seen initialised in lots of text, but when I want to write it in Microsoft office word, it says it was misspelled and it should be initialized instead of initialised. so here is my ...
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“Sassanian” vs. “Sasanian”: Which one is more accurate? With one “s” or two?

Sassanian: Webster. Sasanian: Wikipedia. I am really confused which one is more accurate... Even the pronunciations are different.
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“Open source” or “open-source”? [duplicate]

Would you say both are correct? I have a doubt about "open-source", but I've seen it quite a lot. Thank you.
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When do I use æ?

I've always seen this letter but didn't start learning about it until 10 minutes ago. What I was wondering most was when to use it. I have found some conflicting sources about it so if anyone could ...
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Using a designer's name or brand name as a substitute for the product itself

Example: A character owns a pair of Sophia Loren sunglasses. Before going out for the afternoon, "She drew on her Sophia Loren’s, flipped her long mane back, and tossed him a cheeky grin." If I'm not ...
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non taxable vs non-taxable [duplicate]

Is the correct usage of the non-taxable or nontaxable? I'm not sure what the correct use is. I want to say that it is with the hyphen however it ha become a debate that this could be incorrect.
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How did words like align get a g?

One answer for Is there an etymological explanation for the silent ‘g’ in “paradigm”? mentions that words such as align, apophthegm, arraign, assign, benign, campaign, consign, deign, design, ...
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Is there an etymological explanation for the silent ‘g’ in “paradigm”?

Whenever I come across the word paradigm, I have to make a small conscious effort not to pronounce the letter ‘g’. In Italian, it is spelled paradigma and each letter is individually pronounced i.e. ...
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When did 'some one' turn to 'someone'?

I was recently reading a book from sometime in the first half of the 20th century and I noticed that the word ‘someone’ was spelled separately as ‘some one’. Was there an official change at some ...
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Consistency. If I write 'recognize' with a 'z' do I have to write 'characterize' with a 'z' too?

I'm translating a book and need to keep the English orthography consistent. I'm a native 'British English' speaker. I know in British English you can often use either 'ize' or 'ise' endings. My ...
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Is “mediaeval” an outdated spelling of “medieval”?

I saw "mediaeval" on a Wikipedia page, and figuring it was a typo, edited it to "medieval", it was reverted as apparently mediaeval is the UK spelling. However, in all the dictionaries I've found from ...