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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Do I need a comma before “considering that”? [closed]

Should I place a comma here? Accept the person you are, considering that... If so, why?
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Shouldn't “tamperproof” be hyphenated as “tamper-proof”? [duplicate]

I've been seeing "tamperproof" in writing, and when I search for it in dictionaries, there are just about as many results with the hyphen. But it seems incorrect without it. Which is ...
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Did quotation marks have other applications or uses, like for emphasis?

I have frequently observed instances of quotation marks being used in interesting ways, often with rather funny implications. Here are some notable examples of unnecessary or suspicious quotation ...
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Is the hyphen in the adjective phrase “just-[past participle]” mandatory?

I came across the following sentence: The target can be resolved through one of the just mentioned record types. I believe it should have been written as “… just-mentioned record types”, with a ...
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What do we call the shift in the orthography of words like “cuppa, fella, attaboy and attagirl”? [duplicate]

I know that words like cuppa, fella, attaboy and attagirl are contractions of, respectively, cup of tea, fellow, that's the/a boy and that's the/a girl. I wonder if there is a term which would ...
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Why using 'They' instead of 'You' in this sentence? [migrated]

I have a question about this sentence I have found during my daily study rutine of English learning: Anyone have anything they'd like to add to the agenda? I don't understand why is used 'they' ...
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Why did word final S get replaced by “CE” in Middle and Modern English?

There are many words in English that have ce at the end in Modern English. The roots they have come from had s but replaced by ce in Modern English. Is there any reason why the s's got replaced by ce? ...
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'Frame' or "frames' of reference [duplicate]

I am stuck on whether to use 'frame' or 'frames' of reference. Example sentences: This study seeks to add value to the theologies of the Hebrew Scriptures in both its Hebrew and Greek frame/frames of ...
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Georeferencing vs. Geo-referencing [closed]

What would be the correct spelling: georeferencing or geo-referencing? I'm writing my PhD on the topic and would prefer to write correctly, of course. Some research I've conducted already: Merriam-...
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“quantum mechanical” vs “quantum-mechanical” [duplicate]

I'm currently writing a short report, where one (sub-)chapter heading reads: The quantum(-)mechanical basics I am now wondering, whether it is preferable with or without the hyphen. When googling ...
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Capitalization of “neo-scholasticism” [duplicate]

Is the word 'neo-scholasticism' capitalized in academic writing, or not? It is lowercase in the Merriam Webster dictionary, but capitalized in the Collins English dictionary. So in a thesis, which ...
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possessive form of “Ralph's”? [duplicate]

What is the possessive form of "Ralph's", "Ralph's" being an American store chain?
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Why does ou change to o when adding the suffix -ous in words such as ‘humorous’?

Background I realised today that humour when made an adjective by adding the suffix -ous, loses its -ou- spelling to -o-. There are some other words which have a change in spelling, such as miracle → ...
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When is the “Short A” sound actually spelled with an AE?

I was reading a book on English spelling (Dictionary of the British English Spelling System, by Greg Brooks) and it mentioned that the Short A sound (æ) can be spelled using the following graphemes: ...
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Why are “mobile” and “automobile” pronounced differently?

I just came across the words and then I looked them both up in the dictionary app, which shows the word "mobile" pronounces as /'məʊbaɪl/, whereas the other word-"automobile", ...
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How do you tell a spelling mistake from a grammar mistake? [duplicate]

How do you tell a spelling mistake from a grammar mistake? For example: Your the best. This iz the end. I likes music. She preatend to be asleep. One method is to read the erroneous sentence aloud (...
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Publick or Public? in the 18th and 19th Century Britain

The spelling of -ck was more popular than -c in many words in Britain. But in America, Noah Webster proposed around 1800 to replace -ck by -c, which caused the widespread of this -c spelling in US. In ...
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Term for intentional inaccuracies that better convey meaning?

Is there a term or concept that describes instances where an author/speaker intentionally or knowingly uses wrong spelling/pronunciation/grammar because it better conveys the intended meaning, and is ...
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Does English allow /eɪʃ/ in the end of a syllable (in the same syllable)?

The sound /ʃ/ is almost always spelled with more than one letter i.e. with a digraph unlike, say, /p/ which is spelled with a single letter (pan, pen, pie). I have noticed a particular pattern: vowels ...
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Which letters do not appear consecutively in English words?

Are there any letters in the English alphabet that never appear twice consecutively in a word? For example: the word running has the letter n repeated consecutively in it. What letters never appear in ...
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How did words like rubbish, ribbon and cabbage get “BB”?

Certain words that have double B in Modern English didn't have "BB" in the word they are derived from. Rubbish: "c. 1400, robous, from Anglo-French rubouses" (Etymology Dictionary)...
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Approach to or for? [closed]

My sentence: ---The exploitation of natural and ecofriendly resources could be an alternative approach to creating a sustainable environment. Is the preposition correct or should I rearrange the ...
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Is counter example a valid form of counterexample?

In student writing about math, I see the term "counter example" instead of "counterexample" too often. Does anyone have good ideas about why people think "counterexample" ...
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which is correct here, break or broke? [closed]

which one is correct? "Steve was amazing before his leg break." "Steve was amazing before his leg broke."
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Why does the word ‘suffix’ have a double ‘ff’ while ‘prefix’ has a single ‘f’?

While writing the word ‘suffix’, I stopped to do a spellcheck as a result of the ‘ff’. I did not do so with the word ‘prefix’ as I was comfortable with the ‘pre’ and ‘fix’. I looked up ‘ff’ vs. ‘f’ ...
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Cosmetics: Make up, make-up, or makeup? [closed]

When referring to cosmetics, which is correct? Make up, make-up, or makeup? And does it matter in case of a noun, verb, adjective? The actor playing Frankenstein's monster wore 6 pounds of [makeup | ...
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Can we use “depot” as an adjective? [closed]

Can we use depot in this form: depotted books or depot books? (I’m not sure about the past participle of this word.) Or should it be used only as a “place” where books are supposed to be stored, a ...
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Why “admit” with T but “admissible” with SS? [duplicate]

I have noticed that when the suffix -ible is added to "admit", it becomes "admissible" rather than "admittible". There are few other examples: "omit" = "...
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Is it ever ac­cept­able to write slashes be­tween mul­ti­ple but sep­a­rate pre­fixes?

For ex­am­ple, can I get away with writing bio/tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances have made? Even if this is or­tho­graph­i­cally ac­cept­able in one or another kind of writ­ten English, would it better for ...
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Violence incidents or violent incidents? [closed]

In an academic paper I discuss violent situations. Is it correct to refer to this as 'violence incidents'? Or should I refer to it as 'violent incidents' instead?
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Is narcist an accepted spelling of narcissist? [closed]

Wiktionary lists "narcist" as an "alternative form of narcissist." A few other online dictionaries list it as well, but none have much information on it. It doesn't say nonstandard,...
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Does the em dash take precedence over the comma?

In a sentence like: While I would love to do A, I cannot wait to do B. If I add a set-off clause right before the comma, which of these is correct? While I would love to do A—for reasons X—I cannot ...
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Why “equiped” as opposed to “equipped”? [duplicate]

Why do we use two p's instead of one when spelling "equipped"?
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Is there a specific for a voluntarily made monosyllabic sound from the mouth used to express humor/laughter/cynicism?

The sound I'm thinking of isn't so much a snort, it's not expelled from the nose, however, a sound used to express humor or amusement that doesn't quite hit the laughter threshold. I notice I do it ...
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Grammar Corrections

Correcting Grammar: "The committee is not only working to preserve historical buildings, but also is interested in developing a local museum" My Notes: I was thinking that it violates ...
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Why doesn't US English drop the “o” from “subpoena”?

US English usually drops the o from the diphthong oe (or œ). So for example the o in the UK English manoeuvre, diarrhoea, oesophagus are all usually dropped in US English. Why then isn't the o in ...
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Why were full stops used in old texts after singular words or incomplete sentences?

This is a table of 17th-century mathematical notation standards by Samuel Jeake. It looks completely alien, compared to our modern notation, but that's not relevant. What is important to note, ...
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Chanterelle and Chantrelle, which is the correct name of the mushroom?

I always spell it as chanterelle until I bought a box of CHANTRELLE in Whole Foods Market. I looked up my dictionary, and yes, the word should be chanterelle. However, I also noticed that, the word ...
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Should I write 'organization' or 'organisation'? [duplicate]

I can not choose what to write for my project about being organised... Should I write: organization or organisation Is it just a spelling difference between American English and British English? (I ...
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Two 'x's in “anti-vaxxer”

I have always found myself impulsively and automatically spelling "anti-vaxxer" with two 'x's, and a Google search indicates that most other media sources did the same; however, I can't ...
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Final consonant doubling in Proper names

Webb, Rudd, Barr, Pratt are all proper names that have a double final consonant. What is the reason for this doubling?
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Is it “Thats why!” or “That's why!”? [closed]

I see it spelled both ways, what is the right way ? So far I lived by the rule that apostrophe s means possession and without the apostrophe it is a simple abbreviation. Or is it more complicated ? (...
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Which sentence is correct and why? with 'to' or without 'to'

All I can do is to tell her not to go out during the weekend. All I can do is tell her not to go out during the weekend.
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What is the difference between a dieresis and an umlaut?

In my personal experience, many native speakers of U.S. English are familiar with the term "umlaut" as referring to the double dots above a letter, though they are not generally aware of its ...
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Is respect awarded, accorded or afforded?

I was revising a colleague's work, and saw the phrase "awarded the respect it deserves". This struck me as incorrect, but I was struck harder still by an uncertainty as to whether it ...
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Two-weeks' notice

For me it's uncountable, either two weeks' notice or two-week notice. Yet I've just come across two-weeks' notice. I cannot think of any similar examples. Is this used of the hyphen grammatical ?
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What rule governs “panic->panicking” and why? Would it apply to all -ic verbs? [duplicate]

It seems odd that the continual tense of "to panic" is "panicking". Or "picnic->picnicking". When did the "k" get added, and why? Surely the natural ...
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If I want to use “bountying” in a sentence, how might I construct a spelling for it? If not possible, what word could be used instead?

I frequently add bounties to Stack Exchange questions. I do a lot of bountying. I find this question fascinating and in need of bountying, but alas, I do not know how to attempt to spell bountying and ...
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Why do some spell checker mark “copiable” as an error?

Some of my spell checkers (including the one in vim, and the build-in one in gmail) mark the form "copiable" as an error, and insist on "copyable". This doesn't seem to make sense; ...
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Luscious, Vicious, Delicious, Nutritious? Why not Nutricious? [closed]

Why is nutritious spelled as such, and not as nutricious? What's the rule I'm missing here?

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