23 / 01 / 13
OK, ok, okay. How do you write OK?
This morning, we received the following question from Tim, one of our e-bulletin readers: ‘Is it okay to write “OK” as “ok”? Or should the abbreviated form always be in upper case?’ Little did he know the amount of discussion his question would generate in the office, writes Cathy Relf. The simple answer to Tim’s […]
05 / 09 / 12
Over the past year, we’ve been running a series called 60-second fix in our monthly e-bulletin. Now it’s time to find out whether you’ve been paying attention. Challenge your colleagues to a quick round … How did you get on? Full marks, we hope! Feel free to show off in the comments field below. […]
24 / 12 / 11
60-second fix: palate, palette and pallet
Do you know your palates from your palettes from your pallets? It’s a particularly important distinction if you work with food or wine – or, indeed, paints or wooden platforms, writes Cathy Relf. Of course, it’s blinking typical of English to have three different spellings for one pronunciation. But that’s part of our dear language’s […]
29 / 11 / 11
Release the geek!
Below are the correct and incorrect versions of some of the most commonly misspelt words. Can you unmask the criminal mistakes? They’ll get away with it if not for you meddling kids. Go on, let your inner geek out to play. Share this link and challenge your colleagues to a spell-off. You know you want […]
15 / 10 / 11
60-second fix: bear and bare
Ah, what a wonderful language English is. You can bear a child, bear a responsibility, ask someone to bear with you, bear a heavy load or bare your teeth. Confusion arises in the verb form, especially in the past tense. In the present tense, there are two spellings: bear and bare. to bear has two […]
14 / 09 / 11
Program or programme?
Program(me): it’s a useful word. It can refer to code for a computer (or the writing of such code), the printed running order of a performance or event (or the scheduling of either), a television or radio show, and more. But which spelling is right? Is the ‘me’ optional? Does it merely depend on which […]