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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Nurse Jo » 19 Sep 2012, 06:30

We tend to use currants a fair bit, in cooking and therefore in everyday speech.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Baker » 19 Sep 2012, 07:19

Ditto.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby PaulaO » 19 Sep 2012, 10:52

I just mentioned this to Lorna and that's what she said. She said they are popular in the UK.

But, still, would you really get the spelling mixed?
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Baker » 20 Sep 2012, 07:02

Personally, I can mispell anyhting.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Proofrdr » 20 Sep 2012, 09:02

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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Nurse Jo » 20 Sep 2012, 10:50

It is a common error. The pronunciation is identical. I remember it as currant has an a for apple so it must be edible.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Baker » 21 Sep 2012, 07:07

Nurse Jo wrote:currant has an a for apple so it must be edible.

That has to be one of the most convoluted mnemonics I've ever heard of. ;)
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Nurse Jo » 21 Sep 2012, 14:55

:blush: All of my personal mnemonics are convoluted but they work for my brain :-) . Whenever I share them I get looks of bewilderment.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Baker » 22 Sep 2012, 07:01

:smooch: Then I shall think of it as an example of your splendid and unashamed English quirkiness.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Kurna » 07 Jun 2013, 10:04

Recently I have seen many cases of mistakes, where "defiantly" was used instead of definitely. Always online, e.g. in forums or in fanfictions (one story had it about ten times in one chapter). Could this be caused by some kind of autocorrection (probably on mobile devices)? Because I don't really see how you could mix them up otherwise, at least so often? :thinking:

Anybody else notice this? (I don't have any such device at hand to test it myself, otherwise I would.)

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