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Topics: Editorial & Opinion | 3 CommentsBy admin | February 10, 2009

Why British People Can’t Spell Color

As someone who sometimes worries about the state of the English language, this UK Telegraph piece about how Brits are better at spelling than Americans are caught my eye. However, the piece may be good example of adoxography (skilled writing on an unimportant subject) since, as this article points out, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. Add to that the fact that the British can’t seem to spell words like color, center, theater, etc., and it may all be a moot point (not to be confused with a mute point, a favorite eggcorn of mine). Who was it who said that England and America are two countries separated only by a common language? I think they were on to something. Personally, I’m more curious lately about the secret Facebook program that causes typos in everything I type in my “status” box. By the way, words like “adoxography” are not in my personal vocabulary. More unusual words for you here.

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  1. Posted by Stella on 02.10.09 11:49 am

    Eggcorns are supremely flawsome!

  2. Posted by Dojo Nick on 02.10.09 4:11 pm

    You’d have to be mentally regarded to be so abscessed with eggcorns.

  3. Posted by admin on 02.10.09 7:56 pm

    Thanks for getting to the crutch of the matter guys…