March 24 2015

Rules Of Grammar: Canceled vs. Cancelled vs. Cancellation

Geography seems to determine whether you use “canceled” or “cancelled.” According to Grammar Girl and Grammarist, “canceled” is the spelling that is favored by Americans. “Cancelled” is the spelling that is likely to be utilized in Britain, Canada, and Australia. Both grammar sources point out that the United States has only recently settled on the rule of using “canceled”; adopting the spelling as the favored method in the 1980s.

It should be noted, however, that “cancellation,” with two l’s, is the correct way to spell the word regardless of geographical region.

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February 11 2015

Rules Of Grammar: The Top 20 Misspelled Words

According to Oxford English Corpus, the following are the top 20 misspelled words:

1) accommodate (two c’s)
2) accommodation (two m’s)
3) achieve (i before e)
4) across (one c)
5) aggressive, aggression (two g’s)
6) apparently (-ent not -ant)
7) argument (no e after the u)
8) appearance (ends with -ance)
9) argument (no e after the u)
10) assassination (two double s’s)
11) basically (ends with -ally)
12) beginning (double n before the -ing)
13) believe (i before e)
14) bizarre (one z, double -r)
15) business (begins with busi-)
16) calendar (-ar not -er)
17) Caribbean (one r, two b’s)
18) cemetery (ends with -ery)
19) chauffeur (ends with -eur)
20) colleague (-ea- in the middle)

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