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  PUNCTUATING with
PURPOSE

There is one difference between us.
There is one difference between us
; we    have different religious beliefs.
There is one difference between us
: our religious beliefs. 
There is one difference between us
- our religious beliefs.

Don't Trust Your Spell Checker

By Mamie Webb Hixon, Writing Lab Director

     Don't trust your spell checker. A spell checker recognizes misspellings only when the spelling given does not exist in American English. Standard spellings such as incontinence (for inconvenience), mines (for mine), curse (for course), and enemas (for enemies) are not detected by a spell checker because these words do in fact exist. Don't depend on your spell checker to find these and other mistakes with homonyms, for instance; for, as its name suggests, a spell checker checks spelling. You'll have to proofread and find your own mistakes.

 

SPELL CHECKER

     I have a spell checker; / It came with my PC.
     It plainly marks
four my revue / Mistakes I cannot sea.
     I've run this poem
threw it / I'm sure your pleased too no;
     Its
letter perfect in it's weigh. / My checker tolled me sew.

                                                     Pennye Harper

 

 

The following sentences were taken from actual business documents and college papers. And, yes, each writer used a spell checker.

With friends like these, who needs
enemas?
The
affects of Alzheimer's disease. . . .
The committee has
enclose it's minutes for your revue.
He is a
cereal killer.
I identified the purse as
mines.
This change is the result of operating instructions from our
   headquarters; we are sorry for any
incontinence this
   new operation may have caused you.
This policy is for
ten-year professors only.
Over the
curse of my college career. . . .
UWF has a
guess speaker for commencement.
Over two hundred
extinguished guests are invited to the
   program.
Other
curses with intensive writing expectations are. . . .

 


YOU'VE GOT MAIL!

E-mail
or e-mail?
Both spellings are correct.

Email
and email are also correct.

 

The 10 Most Common Errors in Speech and Writing

 1.   just between you and I
 2.   in regards to/with regards to
 3.   irregardless
 4.   This is her/him.
 5.   real good
 6.   There's several reasons.
 7.   The university will celebrate
       it's anniversary.
 8.   had went, had came, had did
 9.   alot
 10.  a interesting experience

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