Bloomsbury English Dictionary, Ed. Dr Kathy Rooney.

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Oct 14 2004 Western Mail

A MAJOR new dictionary has been deliberately filled with the wrong spellings of words.

This is not an act of literary vandalism, but an innovative approach to help readers find the correct spellings for the words they most frequently get wrong.

The Bloomsbury English Dictionary will list 1,000 words where people often incorrectly expect to find them. The misspelt word will have a line through it and the reader will be directed to where they can find the right spelling.

Its arrival will come as a relief to anyone who has spent infuriating time flicking through a dictionary in search of a word they have no idea how to spell.

The list of mistaken spellings was drawn up by an academic advisory board of English teachers and professors from around the world.

Dr Kathy Rooney, the editor of the dictionary, explained why the dictionary was necessary.

She said, "One of the conundrums of lexicography is, 'If you don't know how to spell a word, how do you look it up?' This is a big dictionary aimed at someone who wants to know about a wide range of words."

She insisted there is still a role for such publications in a world where text-messaging and email have made abbreviations and improvised spelling common.

She said, "I think if you are wanting to communicate articulately and concisely, yes, it does matter. Sometimes [misspelling] stops people communicating clearly and leads to misunderstanding."

But she rejects the idea that dictionaries stop languages developing.

Dr Rooney said, "Spelling is always evolving. It's not written in stone.

"I think in 20 years' time our spelling may look very different."

She contrasted the difference in attitudes to spelling between the French and the British. In France, the Académie Française strictly governs the usage, vocabulary, and grammar of the language; in recent years it has tried to prevent the Anglicisation of French.

"English has been a bit like a sponge," she said. "We have soaked up words from the time of Sir Francis Drake.

"Now we have lots of words coming through business and food.

"I think [the French] have a concept of national pride which is different from ours. Our open approach has made English the worldwide leading medium of communication."

She added that the dictionary recognised there are many varieties of English spoken in different cultures and that as many unique words and expressions as possible had been included.

They believe it will be welcomed by the 10% of the population who suffer from dyslexia.

Mis-spelt words get in dictionary

13 October 2004 Children's BBC News online.
The dictionary contains 400,000 definitions of what words mean, with 12,000 new entries.

Meanwhile, the BBC are on the hunt for the nation's top speller, with a spelling gameshow called Hard Spell, which hits your TVs on 29 November.

Top mis-spelt words.

A new dictionary lists the 1,000 most frequently messed-up words.
Do you know how to spell the top 10?

1. Which is correct here?
A: Suppose to
B: Supposed to
2. How about this one?
A: Caffeine
B: Caffiene
3. Do you know which is right
and which is wrong?
A: Receive
B: Recieve
4. Can you tell nonsense
from the real thing?
A: Seperate
B: Separate
5. Are you top of the spelling class?
A: Address
B: Adress
6. Or do you get your letters
in a twist?
A: Occured
B: Occurred
7. Not far now!
A: Definitely
B: Definately
8. Does your brain hurt?
A: Therefore
B: Therefor
9. One more after this...
A: Usefull
B: Useful
10. Do this one,
then check your answers below.
A: Transferred
B: Transfered

Ansers: 1-B, 2-A, 3-A, 4-B, 5-A, 6-B, 7-A, 8-A, 9-B. 10-A.

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