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#1 » by Jude1458 VIP (β22687) » June 30th, 2020, 7:58 am
It’s been long we discussed matters pertaining to spelling. We have been managing to inject pronunciation and other phonology concepts into our topics but not much has been deliberately done on spelling. Today, we therefore, return to that aspect, knowing how important correct spelling is to good writing, and the fact that certain words will always remain difficult or tricky to spell. Specifically, we are looking at some words that many people misspell because they mispronounce them.
Interestingly, two of such are in my opening paragraphs here! If you pronounce ‘pronunciation’ as pronNOUNciation, you are very likely to miss the spelling. Yes, the verb, ‘pronounce’, comes out as ‘proNOUNce, but the noun does not. It is pronNUNciation. That is why the word is spelt ‘pronunciation’ and not ‘pronounciation’, despite the fact that we have ‘pronounce’, pronouncing’ and ‘pronounced’.
The second word I am referring to in the opening paragraph is ‘misspell’. If you call it MI-spell, you may end up spelling it as ‘mispell’, unless the computer helps you to correct it – though it is not every time that the computer correction is acceptable, especially when it comes to the difference between British and American English. If, from the beginning, you pronounce the word as what it is – miS-Spell, you would not have problems spelling it out with the double ‘s’.
Well, I have a list of words I should be treating originally but another has crept into my sentences here; that is ‘especially’. Although this is supposed to be another cheap word, if you dare pronounce it as ‘eXpecially’, you are in trouble when and if you write it accordingly. There is no ‘x’, that is /ks/, in the pronunciation (not pronounciation) of the word. So, it is spelt eSpecially and not eXspecially.
Note that we have treated three ‘stray’ words already – pronunciation, misspell and especially. While we are now going to those that are originally on my list, you should permit me to call your attention to the way I have used the dash (–) in the preceding sentence. Because I am conscious of the difference between a dash and a hyphen (not an hyphen), I opted for the correct length of the punctuation mark and ensured there is a gap right and left of it. Although the marks (dash and hyphen) are similar, they perform different functions. The way we place one is also different from the way we do the other. Apart from the fact that the hyphen is shorter, it does not allow any gap in-between the two or more words it joins. You use a hyphen to link two or more words while you use a dash to indicate additional information or an idea usually within a sentence.) Consider the following:
The boy has returned -that must be because of the order his dad gave him. (Wrong. A hyphen used instead of a dash, and the hyphen is even wrongly placed.)
The boy has returned – that must be because of the order his dad gave him. (Correct)
Sanwo –Olu will attend the three -day programme. (Wrong, with two hyphen-related errors.)
Sanwo-Olu will attend the three-day programme. (Correct: short marks, no gaps beside them.)
You are likely to think that the spirit that woke me up today is that of digression. Don’t worry, I have rebuked it. All the weapons of digression fashioned against me shall, henceforth, not prosper! Otherwise, I would have reminded you that ‘programme’ should be as used in my examples above (not program), since that is the spelling we have in British English and since we are not talking about a computer program. I hope the digression has been of help, anyway (not any way!) By the way, what is the difference between ‘anyway’ and ‘any way’! And between ‘may be’ and ‘maybe’; between ‘everyday’ and ‘every day’?
Since there is no more digression, let me take one of the ‘original’ words and move the others to next week. This is ‘privilege’. You know some people pronounce it as ‘privileDge’. And what is the result? They end up writing it as ‘privileDge’. There is no ‘d’ in the word, so the correct spelling is simply ‘privilege’.
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#2 » by Jude1458 VIP (β22687) » June 30th, 2020, 8:00 am
Wow...interesting :shkd:

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#3 » by green20 (β11382) » June 30th, 2020, 8:05 am
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