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

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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 "...
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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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“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 ...