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    The English language is itself a mishmash of other languages.

    And I will continue to use the English spellings etc. that I was raised to use even though the American spellcheck tells me that many of the words are spelt wrong. I really don't care.

    I'm sure you fellers can still understand what I write as I understand what you write.
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    I use the Canadian English spell check dictionary (Firefox add on) Why don't you use the Australian one?

    As for languages (& versions thereof) evolving & changing, I think you will find that technical terms (remember what started all of this?) do not change meanings as easily as the rest of the language. Most people in technical fields (engineering, medicine &c) understand that it is easier to understand people from other places if all people who speak the same basic language use the same words for the same things.

    Besides, with the internet making international communication not only easy but commonplace I expect that many of the regional differences will fade away in a generation or two.
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    I just don't use spellcheck at all Bob. I think the one I see here is part of the forum. If not it's in my firefox. I mostly just ignore it.

    Spellcheck also mangles the language. I think that's why I keep seeing the word 'defiantly' in place of the word 'definitely' and various other routine mangling of the language. Spellcheck aint all it's cracked up to be either.
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    I think a lot of time you see defiantly instead of definitely because a lot of ignorant masses think that's how to spell definitely.

    I was talking about the spelling part of Firefox. If you click Tools (you might need to click Alt to make the buttons appear), then Add-ons the Add-ons manager will open in a new tab. Select Dictionaries and search for Australian and then install one of the dictionaries. The next time you are on the forum right click the text field, select Languages and choose Australian.

    A lot less of my fat finger typos get posted since I started using Firefox...
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    Use spell check, but turn auto-correct off!
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    The following can be found in either the Prescriptive or Descriptive formulae. Surely, there are common misuses we have heard or seen.

    "To bespeak the desired seat in the theater, he needed a bespoke tuxedo. This bespeaks a kindly man. Otherwise he would look afoul in the presence of his lady in such a bespoke gown."

    "His computer required bespoke programs to utilize his company network."
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCR View Post
    Use spell check, but turn auto-correct off!
    Goes without saying. Spell check is a boon, auto correct a bane....
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    I don't know how to turn on auto correct.

    And I don't care either.
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    Mostly for phone posters, it is a feature that is "on" by default.
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    My written English is awful since school years, and college didn't fix it. Every time when I need to check something I use Grammarly, it's on-line grammar checker.
    But I want to improve my English, so I play with my children in an educational flash game here Kizi Games XL | Play Juegos Kizi | New Jogos Kizi Games It called Spelling Bees. It used mostly for kids and students, but for it also works good.

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