The Joy of English

The Joy of English

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New word spotted: cli-fi. No, not science fiction but climate fiction. The new disaster genre.

New word spotted: cli-fi. No, not science fiction but climate fiction. The new disaster genre.

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Think about the context when you write of where your words are going to be seen. Here: “Coming up: Rocket Attack … customers can watch live coverage …”

Think about the context when you write of where your words are going to be seen. Here: “Coming up: Rocket Attack … customers can watch live coverage …”

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So, if in doubt about “every day” and “everyday”, just make it ambiguous laid out. Hmmm

So, if in doubt about “every day” and “everyday”, just make it ambiguous laid out. Hmmm

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Looks like this newspaper spent more money on its “brand new website” (sic) than on copy editors. Make that “brand-new website”.

Looks like this newspaper spent more money on its “brand new website” (sic) than on copy editors. Make that “brand-new website”.

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Spelling reforms based on the sounds we make — be careful what you wish for. Otherwise London English would read like this.

Spelling reforms based on the sounds we make — be careful what you wish for. Otherwise London English would read like this.

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Come on McDonald’s, how are the kids going to learn to spell correctly if you lead them astray? Make that “barbecue”, spelt with a c in Eng since 1709.

Come on McDonald’s, how are the kids going to learn to spell correctly if you lead them astray? Make that “barbecue”, spelt with a c in Eng since 1709.

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Hyphens join things and make reading easier. Make that “class-A eggs” not “class a eggs”.

Hyphens join things and make reading easier. Make that “class-A eggs” not “class a eggs”.

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Make that “1000s” (or 1,000s) instead of “1000’s”. Oh, all gifts are already “free” by definition.

Make that “1000s” (or 1,000s) instead of “1000’s”. Oh, all gifts are already “free” by definition.

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Valentines love Valentine’s as much as apostrophes, whether in lingerie or not. @KellyBrook

Valentines love Valentine’s as much as apostrophes, whether in lingerie or not. @KellyBrook